These photographs were created for a little drama. The shots were not that dark considering the weather. Since the rain drops were pretty clear in the images I thought I would try to highlight them and the bird.
Right after these shots the hawk flew around an open field demonstrating their agility. Very impressive, if wet.
When we spotted this bird he was already watching us. Since there was a large drainage ditch between us he didn’t fly right off, which of course provided plenty of time for our photos.
The reeds were actually part of an old rice field, probably from around the late 1800’s. This rice field was also home to various Egrets, Ibis, Rails, and even Canada Geese. You could spin like a top trying to capture everything around you.
This is a series of a Barred Owl taking flight, dropping from a large branch. The bird had flown there after being released by her handler at The Center For Birds Of Prey. Each image documents the wing motions of an owl in flight.
Not a single sound is made by the wings.
I was standing between the owl and her handler when she decided to come down from the tree.
These were photographed at 500mm, 1/1000 second, 10 shots per second.
These shots were taken right before the bird was let loose for exercise and a flight demonstration. I probably was a little too close, this bird was not shy at all. I did not crop or trim these photos.