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Hardeman, the Red-tailed Hawk at TRC

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hardeman, the Red-tailed Hawk at TRC.
 
When we take our group to the educational program with the Teton Raptor Center, Becky, the Educational Director, will often ask if we can capture a few images of birds they need for their purposes. We are always glad to do what we can to help so we focused on a few birds this year for her. Hardeman was one of the birds we spent extra time with for portraits. Hardeman is named for the historic barn that is located on the property where the TRC is located. This past year the moved the barn over slightly to help preserve it for years to come. Hardeman was brought to the Center after being struck by a car and lost vision in his right eye. With all the focus on the renovations at the TRC and how incredible it will be with all the new structures, the historic barn will be a center point of how the new there has embraced the historic past of the property. Hardeman’s namesake will be talked about often and each time he educates someone the story of his name will be mentioned. He has a big year ahead of him and well, many more as well. Hopefully our portraits will help in the efforts of the TRC.
 
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Hunter, the Peregrine Falcon at the Teton Raptor Center

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hunter, the Peregrine Falcon at Teton Raptor Center.
 
Peregrine Falcons are almost as fascinating to me as Eagles. They aren’t as majestic, but just as fascinating in my opinion. Hunter is one of the resident education birds and can not be released into the wild. He was born with a visual defect that would prevent him from successfully hunting in the wild. He is always a favorite with our groups, and I love watching the group as they learn more about Peregrines. I can’t express my thanks enough to the folks at the Teton Raptor Center for all they do for the birds in the greater Yellowstone area as well as our groups and all that visit.
 
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Owly, my favorite Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2020 by lilybug1960

Owly, my favorite Owl.
 
Owly is the resident Great Horned Owl at the Teton Raptor Center, and is responsible (sort of) for starting the TRC as we know it today. The story goes the Founders of the TRC were rehabbing birds at their home, and Owly (named by the Founder’s young daughter) was being housed in the bathtub. The daughter went to take a bath but couldn’t so she went in and insisted that the parents get the owl out of the tub! It was the inspiration for them to acquire a bigger and better place to do their work. Owly was the first bird we photographed years ago at the TRC and my images of her have been featured in several of the TRC’s literature as well as some pieces by Tamron. She is just beautiful and has reached so many people in her work as an ambassador for wildlife. I loved this image of her as she was looking over her “shoulder” as if she was striking a pose. Please check out the Teton Raptor Center’s website. https://tetonraptorcenter.org/
 
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A visit with River

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2020 by lilybug1960

A visit with River.
 
River is the resident educational Bald Eagle at the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, Wyoming and absolutely beautiful! River is originally from Missouri and had an infection that resulted in her inability to fly in the wild. She came to the TRC in 2015 and will live a long healthy life there. It is amazing to see how she has grown and matured gaining more white on her head and tail each year. She is truly a great ambassador for the TRC. For me to be this close to a Bald Eagle is always going to be the highlight of my trip. The TRC can always use your support, so be sure to check them out. https://tetonraptorcenter.org/
 
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The Teton Raptor Center. Beatrix, Frost, and Becky.

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2020 by lilybug1960

The Teton Raptor Center. Beatrix, Frost, and Becky.
 
One of the highlights of our visits to the Jackson Hole area is when we have our educational program with the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY. We have been so lucky to be able to do an educational program with them for I think 4 or 5 times now and we look forward to the next one. Our group gets to learn about, see, and even photograph these wildlife ambassadors and they love it. Becky is the Educational Director and is always entertaining and informative, and we consider her a true friend to not only us, but to the birds in the area. The TRC has 3 goals or missions, Educate, Research, and Rehabilitation. Their research is crucial for the raptors, not only in their area, but all over the US and North America. The Rehabilitation they perform allows birds that can be released into the wild to do just that, return to the wild to live out their lives. When a bird can not be released, they can become Educational Ambassadors like Beatrix and Frost, the birds Becky is holding in the image. What I truly love about the programs is it allows me to help the Center by providing them with images they need for their purposes. These folks are wonderful and can always use the support of everyone. Here is a link to their website: https://tetonraptorcenter.org/
 
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Looking back at 2019, my birds

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking back at 2019, my birds.
 
I posted very few bird images in 2019, not because I didn’t do any, but because one of my goals was to focus more on landscape images. My birds are all doing well here in the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary and still are one of my favorite subjects. I didn’t do my usual calendar this year, not because of a lack of images, but instead there were some issues with the printer. I will do one for 2021 though. The Eastern Bluebirds continue to thrive and currently I have no fewer than 8 visiting the backyard daily. My pair had 3 successful broods this year resulting in 15 fledglings leaving the nest boxes. I look forward to spring and being able to capture images like this one from spring of 2019 of my favorite song birds.
 
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Looking Back at 2019 part 5

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2019 by lilybug1960

Looking Back at 2019 part 5.
 
I love Burrowing Owls and any chance I get to photograph them is special to me. When I was asked to present to the Florida Council of Camera Clubs at their annual meeting in Fort Myers, I of course went down early and photographed the Owls in nearby Cape Coral. I only had a morning and one evening to capture images, but it was great! What a treasure for the city to have so many residing there.
 
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