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Trojansoc Jan 26, 2008 9:18 PM

This afternoon, my wife and I attended a pair of programs as a part of the annual Eagle Awareness weekend at a nearby state park, giving us a chance to get up close and personal with some simply beautiful birds as a part of the state Game and Fish Commission's Raptor Education Program. Most of the birds are native to Arkansas, including both brown and gray screech owls

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Hawks included red tails, broad-winged, and an unusual amelanistic (not albino) red-tail

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Like many of these birds, this bald eagle was part of the Raptor rehab program after being shot by a hunter.

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Although he's not native to Arkansas (or the US) one of the most interesting birds was the world's smallest falcon, an African pygmy falcon

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And what would a display of Arkansas raptors be without this handsome fellow?

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All shots taken with the Pentax K10d and the DA*50-135 lens.

mtngal Jan 26, 2008 10:43 PM

Very nice selection of birds - I love the owls.

ennacac Jan 26, 2008 11:44 PM

Nice sharp shots of some great birds.

Tom


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