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Old Sep 10, 2007, 5:14 PM   #1
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These are birds shown by the Royal Falconer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha Wisonsin. He walks around the faire with them sometimes to get/keep them used to people.

Hunter, a Gyrfalcon X Prairie Falcon Hybrid.


Falconer Ray Pena discussing the feathered feet of a Great Horned Owl.


Same shot, a little cropping.



Much easier to shoot this way. I will post show pics another time.
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Old Sep 10, 2007, 11:35 PM   #2
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Nice series. I didn't realize the horned owl was that big. Looks like it could take someones head off.

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Old Sep 11, 2007, 12:38 AM   #3
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Nice series. I didn't realize the horned owl was that big. Looks like it could take someones head off.

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They are fair sized birds although the angle of this shot may make her slightly larger looking then in reality. She had recently caught a skunk, which these birds prey on, and was slightly pungent. Thanks for commenting.
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Old Sep 11, 2007, 11:41 AM   #4
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Great shots Steve, those eyes are definitely made for nite vision.
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Great shots I liked the 2nd best good compostion and interest
the owl has large talons ((((
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Thanks for looking and commenting tinosa and boyzo. Glad you liked these. And those eyes are indeed made for night vision. I did not want to use the flash but the bird seemed to not mind.
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