Tag Archives: Birds of Prey

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.

 

Red-shouldered Hawk Lunching, Part 1

I had been watching this Red-shouldered Hawk as he watched a low marshy area from a nearby branch. When he spotted lunch it was just a matter of seconds from branch to capture.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

I was fortunate that he landed in a sunny spot several feet below where I stood giving me a good view.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

He held his prey with both feet. When I developed the images I could see that lunch was a frog.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

He ate little bits at a time, tearing pieces off with his beak. He changed directions several times with little hops. I could hear several other Red-shouldered Hawks not too far off and there was a small flock of Ibis about 10 feet away.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

I doubt the Ibis would challenge a Hawk for a meal, but I’m sure other raptors would. After eating part of the frog the hawk re-arranged himself and his grip.

Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog
Red-shouldered Hawk Eating Frog

A minute later he flew up into a nearby more protected tree, then flew down the pond to a higher vantage point.

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Red-shouldered Hawk Looking Around

Surveying his options this Red-shouldered Hawk deliberately checked in every direction.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

He was pretty content to sit right there, watching and listening.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

I walked down the path and took a shot from a different vantage point; his head and one foot had moved. His feet seem kind of delicate for a raptor.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

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01/16/2018

Osprey Catch Of The Day, Part 2

Still wet after his dive to  catch this fish the Osprey shook off then proceeded to consume his meal at a steady pace.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish

He started at the head and worked meticulously down the fish. I didn’t see a single piece fall although my attention did waver as this process took about 15 minutes.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish – click photo for closer view of his talons

The Osprey’s attention was diverted a couple of times when a Red Shouldered Hawk was calling on the other side of the pond. The Hawk never came close and the Osprey went back to eating.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Looking Around Holding Fish

A foot bridge crosses the pond and I was able to get a different angle out on the bridge.

Osprey Eating Fish
Osprey Eating Fish

I didn’t see him leave and a few minutes later I heard his distinctive call out over a nearby marsh.

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Osprey Catch Of The Day, Part 1

I was idly watching some mallards swim across the big pond at Magnolia Cemetery when I heard the splash. By the time I had him sighted he was out of the water.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey With Fish

Osprey often go completely under when they dive. I’m not sure this pond is deep enough for that but he still had to work very hard to get airborne with his catch.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey With Fish

Finally up in the air, the Osprey hung on to the fish with both feet.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey Flying With Fish

A branch hanging over the water provided a perfect lunch spot with a view.

Osprey With Fish
Osprey with fish ready to eat

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