Archive for Birds of Prey

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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Peregrine Falcon with jesses

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

Peregrine Falcon with jesses.
 
It is up to the individual photographer of course, but when I photograph birds of prey that are captive I leave the jesses in the image. First of all, it is a lot of work to clone them out in Photoshop. Secondly, I don’t want anyone to think, even for a moment, that I used my catlike Ninja skills to sneak up on an unsuspecting Peregrine Falcon and was able to grab a few snaps before it took off. Even if it is obvious that I am fully capable of sneaking up on the fastest animal on Earth. There is nothing wrong with being honest when sharing the image and showing the bird’s hardware. It doesn’t make the bird less beautiful, it is still a Peregrine Falcon. If you want them out of the frame, simply crop for effect, but always be honest when sharing. Save your catlike Ninja skills for another day…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon Z6 camera via the FTZ adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P326 monopod, Shimoda Explore 40L backpack, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #Tamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Tamron150600g2, #SiruiUSA, #BirdsofPrey, #BirdPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #ShimodaDesign, #BearWoodsPhotography

Great Horned Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2019 by lilybug1960

Great Horned Owl, Captive animal.
 
I’m still going through all the images from two weeks ago at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, MI during the SWMCCC Weekend of Photography 2019. This GHO (Great Horned Owl) was super popular with the group, possibly because of the popularity of the bird, and possibly because it was a beautiful bird that posed great for the group. It was the last bird of the evening that we photographed and the light was amazing on the bird. With the heat outside, I hope to spend a little time getting caught up with all the processing I need to do. I am putting the finishing touches on my presentation, “Painting a Photograph” for Thursday with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association in Smyrna, and my presentation on “Landscape Photography” for the Big Canoe Photographers on Saturday.
 
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Screech Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

Screech Owl, Captive.
 
It seems like forever ago that I photographed the Birds of Prey in Holland, MI, but it was only 2 weeks ago! I still haven’t gone through and processed all the images from that shoot or from a week ago in Geneva, NY. At some point I guess I need to finish processing! This was a very cute Screech Owl at the Outdoor Discovery Center near Holland, MI. I’m not sure what got its attention, but the light was beautiful and perfect to light the bird. Please consider supporting rescue, rehab and educational centers in your area. They do such great work for animals on very limited budgets.
 
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Peregrine Falcon Portrait

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2019 by lilybug1960

Peregrine Falcon Portrait (captive animal).
 
I can’t say enough how beautiful the birds were at the Discovery Outdoor Center in Holland, MI, and how great the staff were working with everyone for images. Here was the Peregrine Falcon they had for us to see and photograph. The more I see them, the more I am fascinated with them! Incredible birds!
 
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