A 2nd Chance at Life

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
720896/65536 sec. / ISO 640
Nearest Area
Westminster Park
Rock Hill, SC
Brief Directions
4000 India Hook Rd Rock Hill, South Carolina 29716 USA
I volunteer at the Carolina Raptor Center in the Medical Center every week. I also re-nest owls and hawks and transport injured and sick raptors. These beautiful birds have brought me much joy over the years and this is the least that I can do to give back to them in hopes they will be here for many generations to come.
This beautiful Barred Owl spent several months in raptor rehab at the Carolina Raptor Center after being hit by a car that broke both of his legs. The bones were surgically repaired with pins and it was a joyous day when this owl was finally able to stand on his own. When he was approved for release, I was asked to photograph the release. I took many photos of him. From coming out of the box, flying, and perching. But it was this photo, when he looked back at us that really captured my heart. He turned around one last time as if to say thank you, before flying off to start his new life.
Date Added
August 10, 2019
Date Taken
April 18, 2018