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09-10-2009, 11:51 PM
Some photos from a show-and-tell about birds of prey I went to recently...

Harris' Hawk

Great Horned Owl

American Kestrel (also known as Sparrow Hawk)

Barn Owl

And last but not least, the Bald Eagle

Just for fun, here is the Bald Eagle's eye :-)



David G
09-11-2009, 12:23 AM
Marvelous images. Thanks much!

09-11-2009, 07:07 AM
Good poem. Slightly unsettling.


09-11-2009, 07:13 AM
Love 'em.




09-11-2009, 08:10 AM
That Kestrel sure is pretty.....

09-11-2009, 11:01 AM
Well, the kestrel is cute, but the hawk looks very determined.

And the bald eagle is just a mean SoB :D


09-11-2009, 11:30 AM
Great photos, as usual, Kaa

Kestrel is one of my favorites, too.

I kept a 1c stamp under the glass on my desk at work, just to remind me. I love their slate blue color.

The kestrel has adapted well to the urban environment, too.

09-11-2009, 11:39 AM
Beautiful pics. Thanks.

09-11-2009, 01:50 PM
Wonderful images. Thanks for sharing them.

I got to watch a peregrine falcon for a while this past weekend. We were hiking on an alpine ridge at about 9000ft and came across one in a snag at treeline. It took off before we could get the camera on it but we got to watch it ride the thermal right overhead for a while. They're making a comeback here; good to see.

Todd Bradshaw
09-11-2009, 01:59 PM
Great pix! For some reason, I pretty much dislike birds. I'm not afraid of them, but I just don't like them (perhaps from endless hours cleaning duck crap off of our moored trimaran or the fact that swans tend to be about eye level from a kayak and aren't very friendly) but birds of prey are pretty fascinating. Perhaps because they're the Formula 1 cars of the bird world (ducks being more like the chevy station wagons). My primary professor back in the dark ages when I was a sculpture major in college was using birds of prey as his usual subject matter at the time and always seemed to be able to capture their essence with simplified, streamlined forms. I always wanted one of these pieces, but they are a long way out of my price range. This one was hollow, cast epoxy resin (some pieces were beefed up as needed with fiberglass) and he's the guy who originally taught me how to work with epoxy.


more here:

09-11-2009, 07:56 PM
For some reason, I pretty much dislike birds.

Well, I'm OK with birds :-) but gulls... gulls just look EVIL



09-11-2009, 08:35 PM
The Raven is the evil one. Two raven own 1000' of my Idaho creek bed and run off all competition easily, even eagles 3 times their size. Except the GH Owl that sneaks in under the cover of darkness. You need a Falcon to deal with a Raven and it would have to be a surprise attack.

Very nice pictures.

09-11-2009, 08:36 PM
Those are great!

What f-stop on the eagle eye shot?

09-11-2009, 08:53 PM
Those are great!

What f-stop on the eagle eye shot?

Thanks :-)

f/6.3, 400mm on the Canon's 100-400mm zoom.


Glen Longino
09-11-2009, 09:10 PM
Nice show, Kaa, thanks!

09-12-2009, 06:02 AM
A great start to the day! Thanks!

- M

09-22-2009, 10:08 AM
Well, I'm OK with birds :-) but gulls... gulls just look EVIL


I never knew gulls were evil until the day I was eating dinner in a waterfront resturaunt in PT. A couple gulls took a pigeon right out of the sky, drown it and ripped it apart right in front of where I was eating. It was pretty shocking really. Previously I had thought them merely scavengers.

Keith Wilson
09-22-2009, 10:42 AM
Great pictures! There was a great horned owl in a tree in my back yard last week. Of course I couldn't see him that clearly; just a blob in the twilight with "horns", but the call is unmistakable. And redtails are starting to get almost like pigeons around here; some days there seems to be one on every fourth light pole along the freeway.

John of Phoenix
09-22-2009, 01:33 PM
I have a pair of huge great horned owls that roost in my eucalyptus trees from time to time. Their call wakes us up at night and is deafening at close range. Sure gets the cat's attention too!!

Thanks for the great pics.

The Bigfella
09-22-2009, 03:33 PM
Great photos - thanks.

10-05-2009, 05:39 PM


10-06-2009, 07:17 AM
So where did you find the tame birds? I can see the jesses on the kestrel...

10-06-2009, 10:06 AM
Here I am, trying hard to win a stare-down contest with a Great Horned Owl...


Nicholas Carey
10-06-2009, 02:24 PM
Klingon :D