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Old May 11, 2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Here are some Pictures from Birds of Prey in Coledale Alberta
All of theses birds are Injured and treated at the birds of Prey Center
They are released back into the Wild after they recover. If they cannot
they are perminate residences.
The first one is an eagle which cannot be returned into the Wild
He is Blind. A woman found him on the side of a road.
He had Shotgun pellets in his eyes.
Burrowing Owl A Rare Bird
Falcon
Horned Owl
And a Flock Of Pelicans
All with the 14-54 MK1 except the Pelicans 70-300 lens
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Cool shots Fred; nice captures of impressive looking birds. That center is doing a worthwhile service. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for posting these. That center is doing important, and risky work - it can't be easy to take care of wild raptors.

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How did pelicans get that far north and that far from the ocean?

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Thanks for posting these. That center is doing important, and risky work - it can't be easy to take care of wild raptors.



I love hunters - if it moves, kill it.

How did pelicans get that far north and that far from the ocean?

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I have to agree, Ted. Not ALL hunters have that mentality but, as with many things, the bad ones are the ones that seem to form the opinions of the whole. Kind of like lawyers.
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Old May 12, 2012, 9:25 AM   #5
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Thanks Steven and Ted
I also agree . The bad hunters give the good ones a bad name.
Something like lawyers . The 95 % bad ones give the rest a bad name

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Thanks for posting these. That center is doing important, and risky work - it can't be easy to take care of wild raptors.



I love hunters - if it moves, kill it.

How did pelicans get that far north and that far from the ocean?

Ted
These are white Pelicans which migrate to Alberta from Florida
every April and return in September / October.
Maybe Steven knows there Pelicans ??
They are smart enough to leave before freeze up. (LOL)
They breed in Alberta and are on the protected species list.
There habitat is also protected . In Alberta it is illegal to go within
800m ( 1/2 mile ) of there breeding habitat

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I didn't know they migrated like that.

Soooo, the pelicans bail out of Florida for the summer. Hmmm, I can think of many reasons why (e.g. the sex is better there than in Florida) but hey I'll take, um, appropriate suggestions from the rest of the members of this forum...

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I didn't know they migrated like that.

Soooo, the pelicans bail out of Florida for the summer. Hmmm, I can think of many reasons why (e.g. the sex is better there than in Florida) but hey I'll take, um, appropriate suggestions from the rest of the members of this forum...
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LOL. Actually, as with so many snowbirds, there are some who stay here all year round, as I have seen them here during the summer also; just a week ago I saw a flock on a lake as I was driving by. But they cover a wide area, and have breeding grounds not only in Canada, but also in Northern California and in Utah at the Great Salt Lake. And they go as far south as Panama in the winter. An interesting bird to watch, but they stay together down here, as the dominant native brown pelicans seem to keep them away from the brown pelican feeding areas.
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