Posts Tagged raptor

Harris’s Hawk

F 4.0 – 1/160 – ISO 100 – 134mm – Canon 5D M3 – Tamron 70-200mm



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Diesel* (Red-shouldered hawk) was retired from the sport of falconry when her handler realized she only wanted to hunt earthworms and grasshoppers instead of a hawks usual prey. Diesel is a human imprint, which means she does not recognize her own species.  Can you imagine what it would be like if you didn’t recognize yourself as being a human around other humans?


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Seymour is a Great Horned Owl and the biggest owl I have ever seen.  She has been a resident at the sanctuary since 2004 as she had fallen from her nest and broke her wing making her unable to fly; she is used to educate people about owls.  Seymour’s feet are quite feathery unlike the other owls I’ve shown but she still has those vicious looking raptor claws.  The wind was starting to pick up while I was photographing Seymour causing her feathers to get ruffled you could say but there was always this one feather that stuck straight up while he others fell back into place;  you can see it in the photos.

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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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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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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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