Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Raptor

I am linking up to Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday today, and to see other amazing birds from around the world you can click here.

I had completely forgotten about this collection of photos and have just found them as a draft.  Good fortune smiled on me as I was wondering what I should post next.  I had labeled it as a Red-winged Hawk but if I am wrong please let me know.  


I was at a demonstration given by the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, where they were showing several birds that had been injured in some way.  These poor birds were unable to be released back into the wild and were being used for educational purposes.   At the time I also shared photos of owls and other birds of prey, and if you click here it will take you to several posts one after the other.



As you can see I couldn't stop taking photos but I didn't feel bad as I was surrounded by fellow camera enthusiasts/bird lovers who were as enamored as I was.  What an incredible morning it was to be in such close proximity to these incredible raptors.



A study in magnificence!












































39 comments:

  1. Good morning.
    What fantastic photos and what magnificent birds. They just ooze power and dominance.
    Your photos get better and better.

    Thanks for your message.
    Enjoy your day
    JJ

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  2. Oh wow. There are some absolutely magnificent photos here - thank you so much.

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  3. wow Spectacular set of images, this bird is magnificent, I'm impressed by so wonderful close up, you are very talented!
    Léia

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  4. Awesome shots of the Hawk, Denise! This demonstration is a cool experience! Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

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  5. Magnificent bird and great for people to be educated about them - but what a shame they are injured too badly to be released.

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  6. Great serie of photos!
    Well done!

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  7. Its a good looking bird.

    Cant help one way or the other with an ID.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Wow, I'm glad I didn't miss these pictures. The hawk is a beautiful bird, almost majestic in its composure.

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  9. Amazing shots. You must have one powerful lens...nice.

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  10. What a collection of photographs. Truly a great and noble bird.

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  11. WOW! These are incredible shots. How fortunate that you were able to get so up close and personal. What a wonderful program! Thanks for the link.

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  12. Beautiful close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. feather patterns on hawks are just mesmerizing to me. so gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

    i'd have said red-shouldered on the first, but i'm not sure. :)

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  14. I see you enjoyed yourself my friend, with these great photos.

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  15. My word! These are absolutely stunning!

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  16. Great captures of this raptor.

    I'm impressed!

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  17. I wonder why birds never smile or laugh...

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  18. So sad they are injured but it serves it's purpose well in the education of such majestic birds.
    You got a really lovely up close and personal look with wonderful photos of the experience.
    I think I'd be a little afraid but wouldn't being a handler be so exciting? :)

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  19. Great shots!!! You did an excellent job. Hope he gets to fly away soon.

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  20. how fun to get so close and share such lovely pics

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  21. These are magnificent portraits of a majestic bird. I'm glad you couldn't stop taking pictures -- I enjoyed them all.

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  22. Terrific captures. I'd be hard-pressed to choose a favorite.

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  23. Wow! Great animal, wonderful pictures!! :-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  24. I'd have been going mad with the CAM too Denise - these ARE magnificent!
    Aren't they just soooo beautiful?

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  25. What great shots! I'm surprised you got as many shots as you did, especially the close-up photographs, with other cameras around. You did very well!

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  26. Wow, these are awesome, Denise! Love the closeups!

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  27. Awesome, all the shots really show him off.

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  28. Good gracious! These photos are magnificent. You've captured the beauty, strength and power of that majestic bird. Wow!

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  29. What a handsome guy!!! I sure wouldn't want him getting hold of me with those talons, though! Great shots, one and all!

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  30. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  31. Denise, I have been to some raptor displays as well and you are so right that it is wonderful to see them closer. They are indeed magnificent birds. Lately, I have been able to see one, a sharp-shinned hawk, who unfortunately has been looking for a snack around our bird feeders.

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  32. LOL! I forgot whose blog I was on! Sorry about the painting comment! (unless you paint and I don't know it!)I clicked on your blog while looking at the title for Red and the Peanut. She is a wildlife painter and I got you mixed up in my mind! Nice shots of the hawk, Denise. I am sure this was such fun for you!

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  33. Wow what amazing photos thank you for sharing them with us

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  34. Thank you everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

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