Located in Apopka, Florida is a wonderful facility that dedicates itself to the rehabilitation of raptors that have found themselves unable to survive in nature. This location has been in operation since 2001 and has been open to the public since 2004. Beyond rescuing birds-of-prey, they also conduct public education programmes and research.
Carol and Scott McCorkle co-founded the Centre and work with four other dedicated staff that work hard to help the birds and increase public awareness of these incredible creatures.
They are open on Saturdays except in August from 10 am – 4 pm weather permitting with free-flight demonstrations occurring from 3:30 pm until close. They do open early to accommodate groups as they have done many times for the Orlando Camera Club.
Judy and I have visited the Centre and have enjoyed learning about the birds and making images. If you would like the opportunity to photograph raptors without the need for a long lens, this is the place to go. The staff are wonderful and will help you get the photos you desire. You will leave with a much better understanding of these creatures and some powerful images including those with the birds in flight. You will not find a better opportunity to get up close.
The Avian Recondition Center website can be found here.