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Old Jan 7, 2010, 3:08 PM   #1
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Was testing out a new (used) lens on some of my captive (non-releasable) raptors, and thought that some might enjoy seeing the results. Each bird was sitting on my hand as the photo was taken, using a Pentax 70-210 F4 manual focus lens, set at 70mm and in "macro" (close-up) mode. The hardest part (besides trying to focus and hold camera at the same time) was keeping my arm extended far enough away from the camera!

These birds are used by our park for environmental education programs at area schools, and with park visitors, to share concern for wildlife protection.

First a few shots of our Screech Owl.
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Here's his big "cousin," Great Horned Owl. As you can see, I had a lot of trouble keeping all of his face in focus...
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We've had the Red tailed Hawk for almost 20 years - he's old, but still feisty (and a great educational tool)!
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Our Turkey Vulture was not in the mood for posing, so just one more set of faces - our Barred Owl.
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Old Jan 7, 2010, 3:13 PM   #5
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Hope you enjoy these "up close & personal" photos, and that you'll come visit the park, so you can take your own photos of these raptors.

As always, glad for any comments/critique!
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Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos!! I think I can make out the silhouette of the photographer in the barred owl's eyes! The detail in the 2nd screech owl & barred owl shots is amazing! Well done! Cheers, Dan
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very nice raptor portraits! really enjoyed these.
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Those are great Mole!
I didn't realize that lens was that sharp, looks like a keeper.
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Dan - Thanks for your kind words. Yes, that is the old man in the birds' eyes! Any time you are in our area, come drop by to get your own photos of my "friends!"

Dustin - Glad you liked them, thanks!

GW - I am just learning what a good lens this is - especially considering the price was only $65!
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Beautiful photos.
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