Tag Archives: Center for Birds of Prey

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

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

Crested Caracara, Mating Display

Doing what Crested Caracaras do, this gorgeous bird demonstrated an attention display even though it is not breeding season and there were no other Caracaras around.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

The handler shared that this bird was raised in captivity and this has become his default behavior around humans and is not to be taken personally.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

Crested Caracaras are found in the wild in Central Florida, much of eastern Texas, and a sliver of Arizona.

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

He is beautiful, and I think he knows it!

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara perched on handler’s glove

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

Yellow-billed Kite, Feeding Sequence

I’ve witnessed and photographed a Yellow-billed Kite feeding before, but it never gets old. Even if I once again didn’t get the actual snatching of the food as the handler tossed it high into the air.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Kites of all kinds grab their food with their feet while in flight then pass it to their mouths.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Imagine how much work it is to keep yourself fed this way.

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

The tossed beef pieces mimic the Kite’s natural diet of insects .

Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight
Yellow-billed Kite Catching Food In Flight

Yellow-billed Kite, Milvus aegyptius

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