Tag Archives: Nature

Patient Red-tailed Hawk

This Red-tailed Hawk was not leaving his spot. Sitting in a dead tree over a sand dune he was sure dinner was in the brush below. Totally convinced of it.

Patient Red-tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Patient Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

The first photo I took was with a short lens, too small for this, but rule number one is take what you have been given, get clever later.

Patient Red-tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Patient Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

Once I saw he was too busy for me I took time and switched to a mid 300 mm lens and shot these images.

I never did see anything, he never gave up. We didn’t cross the line of going too close so he was there when we left.

 

Snowy Egret With A Wet Head

When I capture that moment a fishing bird goes to the water it is always taken from a side view, and at a distance. That’s why we use long lens. But not here.

Little Snowy Egret Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Egret Fishing – Click To Enlarge

I was standing above looking down into a small ravine. An unbelievable angle. Only problem was he missed !

Little Snowy Egret Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Egret Fishing – Click To Enlarge

And not too pleased about it either.

Little Snowy Egret Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Egret Fishing – Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Egret Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Little Snowy Egret Fishing – Click To Enlarge

Eurasian Eagle Owl

They are not related to an Eagle at all. The name Eagle Owl comes from their large size. Well, very large size.

Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

Here the owl is being trained to fly between several posts, chicken is the motivation. This owl will give educational demonstrations at the Center For Birds Of Prey, South Carolina.

BTW, a small group of people were included here as ‘props’. Basically stand in the way and let the owl fly over or around you.

Red-tailed Hawk

She was landing on the ground behind me. So close my lens could not focus at first.

Red-tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

These photographs were taken at The Center For Birds Of Prey.  Here the hawk could fly around a large field, land in near by trees, almost sit on the photographer, and in general get a good exercise.

Red-tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge
Red-tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Red-tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

This particular hawk lives at the center since she has lost sight in one eye. Overall she was healthy, but in the wild probably would have a hard time catching prey. At the center she is well cared for, can still fly and be ‘a little wild’, yet be sure to have food. In return she is used for education and conservation demonstrations.

 

Views Of A Great Egret

There is a large marsh near the Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina. Walking on a large berm we were able to view Egrets, Herons, and many small water fowl at a pretty close range.

White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge

As long as we stayed on our side of the canal the Egrets here did their best to ignore us.

White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge
White Egret - Click To Enlarge
White Egret – Click To Enlarge

This was a nice easy stroll with something to photograph everywhere.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl

How do you train an Owl? Invite some people to sit or stand in a specific spot, then have the Owl fly between or over them.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

The good news being the Owl really wants to avoid people, it’s the food being offered by the handler that’s imortant.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

There were some times the Owl wasn’t interested in the food or handler. But for the most part all went according to plan.

Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl - Click To Enlarge
Training A Eurasian Eagle Owl – Click To Enlarge

This was at the end of the day and several people were invited to participate. Made for some great photos. Of course Ellen was used as a special prop trying to get the bird to swoop at and over her camera.