Category Archives: Raptor

Lanner Falcon

The first bird for the Birds of Prey photography day on Sunday was a Lanner Falcon. A native of Africa and southeast Europe they are often used in falconry.

Lanner-Falcon
Lanner-Falcon

It was a bit breezy and the falcon faced into the wind with his wings up after jumping onto the perch, showing off his well-feathered legs.

Lanner-Falcon
Lanner-Falcon

In the full side view after he settled you can see the beautiful grey coloration of his body feathers.

Lanner-Falcon
Lanner-Falcon – full side view

The head markings are quite distinctive.

Lanner-Falcon
Lanner-Falcon

Close up profile shot.

Lanner-Falcon
Lanner-Falcon

Lanner Falcon, Falco biarmicus

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

 

Barn Owl

Excellent eye sight and hearing make the Barn Owl top-notch night time hunters. They have been the subject of numerous studies of their senses, including experiments where the readily locate mice in a room with no light.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

The Barn Owl’s speckled earth tone feathers help it hide during the day, and make it a striking bird to my eye.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Showing off his wings with a stretch, this fellow was quite sedate for his photography session.

Barn Owl Stretching His Wings
Barn Owl Stretching His Wings

Barn Owl, Tyto alba

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Savigny’s Eagle Owl

I spent Earth Day photographing birds of prey at an avian conservation center. This opportunity is part of the center’s education mission, along with research, conservation and providing medical care to injured raptors and large shore birds.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl

The first owl we photographed was a Savigny’s Eagle Owl, a native of much of northern Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl

The variable brown coloring is a camouflage asset in its home desert regions.

Savigny's Eagle Owl
Savigny’s Eagle Owl – profile

Savigny’s Eagle Owl, Bubo ascalaphus

The Center for Birds of Prey offers photographers an opportunity to take close-up photographs of owls and other birds of prey a few times a year.

The Center for Birds of Prey, Photography Day, April 22, 2018,  Awanda, SC.

Barred Owl Portraits

The best time to photograph these Barred Owls is first thing in the morning. They hang around the pond looking for food and bathing. The tree canopy is filling in and the morning we were there it was mostly cloudy, so the resulting images aren’t as clear as I’d like. But they are Owls!

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

The image below was taken after the frog snack of my previous post. We were moving on and the pair flew over us headed back to the pond.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Barred Owl Pair Getting Lunch

The first Barred Owl from my previous post appeared to be just hanging out on a limb above a small pond, maybe nodding off.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

All the while he was watching the water below. He dropped down and out of my sight. I circled around the pond to discover the Owl posing nicely at the base of a Cypress tree. I didn’t see the frog until I was developing the images.

Barred Owl with Frog Lunch
Barred Owl with Frog Lunch

The presence of the frog explained the behavior of the mate, who had moved to a branch above, hunched over watching, and was making clucking noises. After a few minutes of this they flew off together, I hope to share the frog.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Barred Owl Pair

One of these Barred Owls had been hunting unsuccessfully in the pond below then took a break with its mate. They rested awhile together, each did some personal grooming and then one moved to a separate branch.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl Pair

Gradually they got further apart in that tree; unfortunately for me  the light was behind them. I stayed where I was expecting that they might still be hungry.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl Pair in Tree

Soon one of them flew to a branch right over the water where it was still dim but the light was behind me. He was temporarily distracted by a Hawk calling overhead, but soon became focused on the water.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Red-shouldered Hawk Portrait

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a Red-shouldered Hawk up close. He was on a tree branch next to the main path around my favorite pond and there were no sticks in front of his face! Ted and I were walking together and didn’t see the Hawk until we were quite close.

Red-shouldered HawkRed-shouldered Hawk – click image for larger view

The Hawk was unconcerned about our presence and after taking a few shots I continued on my way, turned back and got a profile head shot. It’s not much of a photograph with no background, but I thought it was interesting to see the feather and head detail.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk – click image for larger view

1/31/2018