Raptors are beautiful and intriguing creatures, the epitome of wildness and freedom; their very existence adds quality to our lives. These photos were taken of birds that are residents of The Raptor Trust. The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. It is recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation. These birds have sustained injuries that make their release back into the wild impossible.
© Gay Raab
This red-tailed hawk, called Pepe, is a resident of The Raptor Trust, a bird rehabilitation center in New Jersey. Red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) live in more habitats (forests, prairies, fields, meadows and deserts) than any other raptor, Pepe was hit by a vehicle and sustained a compound humeral fracture in the left wing, which was pinned. She never regained flight. Her sight in her left eye was also compromised. She is one of the premiere educational birds in the facility.