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Trayne and Otus

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

Trayne and Otus.

When we had our educational program with the Teton Raptor Center they introduced us to their 2 Eastern Screech Owls, Trayne and Otus. Trayne is fairly new to the program and is filling in some big shoes for Rayne, who had been with the TRC for years but Rayne’s health declined and had to be euthanized. Becky, the Educational Director, told us the story of the owls and asked if we could get an image of the two of them together looking at the camera. Apparently the owls had other ideas when I tried anyway. Such a cute pair of owls, they huddled close together and fell asleep. We look forward to seeing all the birds and folks at the TRC in May during our spring Tetons Workshop.

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Another image of Taiga

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2019 by lilybug1960

Another image of Taiga.
 
I am fascinated by owls, especially Great Grey Owls. I so enjoyed photographing Taiga while we were at our workshop in Jackson earlier this month. I loved the way she would strike a “hunting” pose for us, almost ready to dive into the snow to capture a small rodent. We always love our visits with the Teton Raptor Center and look forward to seeing them in May when we do our spring workshop in the Tetons (you should probably join us if you haven’t registered already). http://www.natureinfocusworkshops.com/
 
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River

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

River.
 
River is a 6 year old American Bald Eagle at the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY. She was also the “headliner” for our educational program with the TRC. It is hard to put into words how beautiful a bird she is, but if I had to use one word… magnificent! She is so striking and to be so close to see the detail on her was incredible. I know that is a lot of words to describe her, but I could go on and on. She is at the Center because she is a victim of water pollution and can not fly, and therefore could not survive in the wild. She will live and be well cared for serving as an educational bird. I know our group learned a lot about the Bald Eagle from the incredible staff at the TRC.
 
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Taiga, the Great Grey Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2019 by lilybug1960

Taiga, the Great Grey Owl.
 
One of the highlights for me personally is to take our workshop group to one of the educational programs put on by our friends at the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY. First of all it is a first class center and the people there are so incredibly nice. In addition to great photo opportunities spending time listening to Becky’s great knowledge of the birds is worth it. Along with Becky we had Jessie and Sarah showing off the birds for us, we even got to meet the founders of the TRC when they stopped by after an outdoor hockey match. Another reason I love Wyoming, the folks are super!
 
This is Taiga, an orphaned Great Grey Owl that was one in a nest that was predated by a Black Bear. Due to an injury she suffered, she had to have part of her right wing amputated and will be an educational bird for her life. She did her job yesterday giving our group a lot of knowledge as to their behavior and beauty. We also got some up close time with 2 Screech Owls, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a Bald Eagle! The Teton Raptor Center is in the midst of a major renovation/construction project and raising money for the work. If you could take a peek at their page, please do and if you feel so inclined to support their efforts, please do! They do great work and research at the center.
 
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Owlie

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

Owlie.
 
This image of the Great Horned Owl at the Teton Raptor Center has definitely been one of my favorites from 2018. We took our workshop group to the TRC and were rewarded with some fantastic photographic opportunities. It was the first time I was able to shoot with the Tamron 100-400mm lens, and even better, shoot it on my new Nikon D-850. It revealed to me the incredible sharpness of the lens and super resolution of the camera. The combination is perfect. Owlie was fantastic and loved posing for us. We are taking our group again this year and will be photographing in a historic location with the birds. Just another reason to love the Grand Tetons and the surrounding area! The folks at the TRC are absolutely fantastic folks and their work is so important in the area as well.
 
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Owly’s Eyes

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Owly’s Eyes.
 
Owls have always fascinated some and struck fear in others. Some folks feel they are a part of some bad mojo mystical thing. Me, I am simply fascinated. The feathers are always really beautiful, but by far, it is the eyes. The piercing eyes. In Owy’s case, bright yellow. Obviously they are needed to hunt with such accuracy, but they are simply beautiful. I also learned that a Great Horned Owl can hear a mouse’s heartbeat from 10 feet away. Owl’s are so important in fighting rodents, folks should want an owl hanging around their homes!
 
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Owlie, the Great Horned Owl

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by lilybug1960

Owlie, the Great Horned Owl.
 
One of the beautiful birds we photographed while we visited the Teton Raptor Center was this Great Horned Owl. Hopefully my memory is correct and its name is Owlie, named by a child, but I like it. This bird is another one of their educational birds, meaning it can’t be released into the wild, but will serve as an educational ambassador to all of us. Becky, the handler/educator, obviously has a great relationship with the birds as they respond to her very well. It was more than a few times that Owlie would “hoot” at her and they would have little conversations with each other. I have said on numerous times, please support your local centers, even better make sure you take a kid to one, so they can learn about these beautiful animals and hopefully they will do one thing that will help protect them while in the wild.
 
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