Category Archives: Raptor

Crested Caracara, Profile Shots, White Background

This Crested Caracara was incredibly photogenic and despite the low-light day we were having I got some amazing closeup images, some with a Green Background  and these with a white/grey sky background.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

There’s not much I can say about them, other than this is a gorgeous bird.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

Looking a little sassy!

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

And curious…

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021

Bald Eagle, Flying For Breakfast

The Bald Eagle, Flying By  made a U-turn over the pond, then dropped down scaring off a Great Egret.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

He was some distance from me and these aren’t sharp images, but you get the idea of the action that started feet first:

Bald Eagle Dropping For His Catch
Bald Eagle Dropping For His Catch

Hardly making a splash in the water.

Bald Eagle Snagging His Catch
Bald Eagle Snagging His Catch

Got a fish!

Bald Eagle Lifting Off With His Catch
Bald Eagle Lifting Off With His Catch

Then back to his tree to eat.

Bald Eagle Flying By
Bald Eagle Flying By

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Bald Eagle, Flying By

Fall is a good time to keep a half an eye out for Bald Eagles at the Wildlife Management Areas as they return from their summer digs. I was happy to spot this one flying over a pond.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

He flew up into a favorite tree and sat, watching as I wondered if he’d already had breakfast.

Bald Eagle in Pine Tree
Bald Eagle in Pine Tree

After a bit he flew by me again, going the other way.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

You’ll see a far off answer about breakfast in my next post.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 29, 2021

Crested Caracara, Mating Display, Closer Up

I was able to capture another series of the Crested Caracara mating display much closer up.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

The expanded speckled white neck adds to his appeal during mating season.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

He was quite striking even when holding still.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

This view also shows off the Caracara’s powerful beak.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

They easily feed on about any animal, either captured alive or found dead.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021

Barn Owl, Classic Poses

This gorgeous Barn Owl is one of the raptor ambassadors at the Center for Birds of Prey.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Showing off his flexible neck, and how owls have to turn their heads to see to the side.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Face front where you can see the full facial disk. These feathers help collect sound, aiding the owl’s hunting prowess.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC
Photography Day, October 10, 2021

Crested Caracara, Profile Shots, Green Background

This Crested Caracara was incredibly photogenic and despite the low-light day we were having I got some amazing closeup images.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

 

Ted and I recently attended our fifth Photography Day at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awenda, SC.  Photographers have an opportunity to take close-up images of a number of birds of prey as well as some flight demonstrations. As always the staff and volunteers provided a fun and educational experience.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Awenda, SC.
Photography Day, October 10, 2021