Raptors 3

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary takes care of birds that cannot make it on their own in the wild anymore.  Some have been injured or where kept as pets.  This red tailed hawk was hit by a car and that is how it came to be at the sanctuary.  It is now blind in one eye and it’s right wing is a bit wonky but it can fly still.

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Raptors 2

Our second model was… I forgot to get the name of this little guy but obviously it is an owl and a tiny one at that.  You can’t quite tell it’s size from the photos because I wanted to crop the shots to where you could see him it better.  It was just the cutest little ball of feathers.  The handler did say that this bird, like all owls, is mostly feathers and sopping wet would tip the scale at maybe 8 ounces.  Small and cute as it was check out that beak and those claws; damage could be done but the poor thing has to be fed dead mice.  He was kept as a pet before coming to the sanctuary and while he knows how to eat he does not know how to take down live prey.  His handler said a live mouse could hurt him.

By the way, I was tempted to title this post “Who are you!” 😉

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Raptors 1

I attended a traveling seminar at my favorite local photography store – Midwest Photo Exchange – hosted by Tamron where we in attendance were treated to all sorts of information, got to play around with multiple Tamron lenses and had birds that we could practice photographing  from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  They brought in three “models” for us.  Our first model is a lovely little male American kestrel.  It is the smallest and most common falcon in North America and about the size of a dove.

 

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Catch and Release

At the Alum Creek Park in Delaware, Ohio.  Very nice place to visit and to do a bit of fishing.

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Let’s go fly a kite…

Up to the highest heights!  This fellow and his kite were doing just that.  I know there is a name for this type of kite but it escapes me now but this one had a motor to it (I’m assuming from the buzzing noise it made when he did tricks with it) which amused some of the children playing nearby.

 

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Look! Up in the sky!

Kites have come a long way from the two sticks, paper, string and a tail made from whatever we could salvage from the house and not get into trouble with mom days.  Photo was taken today in a local park.

 

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Game’s Over

I always wonder what happened when I see abandoned homes.  From the look of all that was strewn about plus the still standing basketball hoop, there once was at least one family here.  Because of the proximity of the three homes it was probably an extended family grouping.

Don’t think I didn’t give the upper windows a good hard look with this house to see if anything moved behind those blinds after it’s neighbor 😉

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