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Old Jun 8, 2009, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Owls & Raptors (4 Images)

The local photo group organized a photo opp at a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates raptors. For a $12 donation, about 10 of us had access to a variety of birds for about 2.5 hours. Probably the best way for this city boy to shoot wildlife

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Perigrine Falcon

Barn Owl

Screech Owl (a little bugger, he is)

Red Tailed Hawk (not quite an Albino--his eyes are not white).
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Old Jun 8, 2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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Beautiful shots, jelpee. We have an annual raptor weekend sponsored by a nearby state park designed to raise awareness of raptors in the state. For photographers, the opportunity is similar (except free). These birds are truly beautiful up close.

My favorite of the group is the amelanotic (I think that's the right word) red hawk. I have seen a similar hawk at one of these events. It was explained that the bird could not be released into the wild because other hawks would not accept it.

Here's a link to the gallery of shots I took at this year's event.



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Great shots Jelpee,
I think that Red Tail's daddy had a love affair with a Snowy Egret!

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These are really worth posting, very nice pictures Jelpee. Sharp, nice blurred background, well exposed and the shutter button pressed in the right microsecond. The Screech Owl looks like he's planning something, be ware!

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Magnificent series Jelpee, really like the second shot and the way you see that something is going to happen.

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Thank you, jelpee, we really got your $12 worth out of these, and then some!
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Awesome Shots All

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Ditto all the above comments.

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What a fantastic opportunity. And, great images to show from it.

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Wow, what wonderful shots.
Just goes to show what the Sigma 70-300 mm APO DG can do.


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