We met Dmitri and other residents (as they are called) at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon. We looked forward to taking a few resident portraits, if the birds were willing. The birds seemed not to mind a bit, but the fine wire fencing (which shows up in some of the portraits) and the rain dripping off our hats presented quite a challenge taking their portraits.
All the residents at the center had a one problem or another that prevented them from living freely in the wild: amputated wing, missing eye, inability to hunt….
We had hoped to see the raptors first and then go for a hike on a Ridgeline trail and climb to Spencer Butte with its wonderful vistas. The day turned out to have low cloud cover and rain. We needed to change our plans. After watching Dimitri eating his raw nuggets of quail meat, we decided to head for the celebrated vegan restaurant in town, Cornbread Café, for some breaded seitan fried “chicken” and mashed potatoes. A wonderful day!