A Bird in the Hand with @avianrecon
To see more of Allison’s photos and videos, follow @avianrecon on Instagram.
"When I was 12, I started volunteering at a wild bird rehabilitation center and got hooked. Now, I’m lucky enough to work with them at the Avian Reconditioning Center (ARC),” says Allison Miller (@avianrecon). “My official title is ‘Raptor Management Specialist’—I help clean, feed and care for injured and orphaned birds of prey brought to the ARC. I’m also a general falconer and use falconry for rehab as well as doing flight demonstrations for visitors. My favorite part is getting to release a healthy bird back to the wild. It’s the best thing ever!”
On Instagram, Allison shares photos and videos of the birds she works with at the center. “My favorite bird to photograph is Archer, a red shouldered hawk that I do flight demos with, because he just has the silliest personality. That said, everyone else favors the owls! Our petite screech owls, Hunter and Lucy, get the most likes, heads and shoulders above all the other birds.”
Allison also interacts with a “wonderful community of birders and falconers on Instagram” that she enjoys. To tune into some of Allison’s favorite people to follow, follow these great accounts:
- @flowerlava, a Japanese birder with great shots
- @chewiebird, a sunny Sun Conure
- @floatingfeather, official Hawkwatch International account and a great source for raptor photos
- @hawk_stalker, raptor photos from Utah
- @peek_n_boo, a group of feisty Cockatiels
- @mypetsknt, Tico and Neck, two adorable lovebirds
- @meagletrainer, an eagle trainer from southeast Asia
- @birdfreaks, quality bird photos curated by Instagrammers
Sochi: Building a City for the Olympics
To view more photos and videos from Sochi, browse the #Sochi2014 hashtag, explore the Сочи / Sochi, Sochi, Морской Порт / Sochi seaport, Олимпийский парк / Sochi Olympic Park and Горнолыжный Центр - Роза Хутор | Rosa Khutor - Alpine Center location pages on Instagram
"Two years ago, I came here and I remember these small, old two-story houses and this tiny airport," recalls Russian Instagrammer Julia Mikhaleva (@myatna). “As I was flying into Sochi for the Winter Olympics, I looked out of the window and all I could see were lights upon lights coming from this big city.”
Julia is one of many Russians who have been amazed (“and pleasantly surprised,” she adds) by the rapid transformation of Sochi to prepare the city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sitting on Russia’s southernmost coast looking out onto the Black Sea, the resort town was a popular holiday destination for its warmer climate and proximity to alpine ski slopes. A train line now connects brand new venues at the “coastal cluster” and “mountain cluster” for the 2014 Olympic events.
The successful bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi also led to the construction of new buildings, a new road infrastructure, an expanded airport and hotels. Sochi’s metamorphosis is also expected to turn the city into a popular ski resort for locals and tourists after the Games.
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