Some Birds of Prey

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  1. BushBum

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    These are some pics of Birds of prey I've accumulated over the past year.. enjoy, and post your own.

    Some Great Horned Owlets

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    The watchful Mom..SO camoflaged

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    More to come
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    This is a Bald eagle, the odd thing about it was that this guy has taken up residence i n apark about 10 blocks from my apartment. In the heart of NYC

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    Here's a pretty common red tailed hawk in a wooded city park by my house
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    one more to go
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    I think this little scrappy fellow is my favorite, an american Kestrel, dining on a sparrow on a fire escape outside my window:

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    great Kess shots!!!
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    Wife and I with a pair of Harris's Hawks native to AZ on a recent trip to the Ireland School of Falconry.

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    Photo by John Riley

    Is that one of the Bald Eagles in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park?

    The Kestrel Pictures are great
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    Those are awesome birds to fly in a cast for tasty wabbits!!!
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    Thanks for commenting. Yes it certainly is at Flushing meadow over in the slightly more secluded willow lake area. Ive seen some yote sign there also.... its a jungle out there... are you close by?
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    Thanks, what kind of lens are you using? I know my point and shoot camera is not going to get photos that good.....and we have a lot of birds of prey in local area....confluence of rivers, in a fly way, and all......
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    Harris, Red Tailed, Red Shoulder hawks. First two used for falconry but the 3rd is one that lives in a near by low lying marshy area that red shoulders love. I call him up sometimes. One day, I got buzzed when she snuck up behind me and went just over my left shoulder. LOL
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    Christmas morning, we were wakened at the grandkids by dogs barking, chickens clucking, roosters crowing and all kinds of animals making noise. Expecting a man in a red suite, when we looked out, at first we saw nothing. Then I looked up and saw this:

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    He had his eyes on the chicken coop and was trying to hypnotize one of them to join him for dinner.

    Bob
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    Back in 2008, A guy I know who is a licensed falconer got a permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife to take a wild Peregrine falcon baby. It was in a nest on a cliff near Datil, New Mexico. He knew I was a climber but he had two professional climbers come and try. They said the cliff top where the anchor for the rope had to be was too dangerous, so they bailed. He called me the next weekend and I went with him and a fish and wildlife guy and they set up at the bottom. They set up a spotting scope.

    The only way you could tell there was a nest there was the bird doin's on the rocks. I trudged up the hill and set up for the rappel from hell. I had to tie on extra ropes as I went (400 ft cliff!) and went down to the nest. The momma was circling as I did it, and I was waiting for the airstrike at any time. I took one baby falcon and left two in the nest. I took the smallest one which was about half the size of the other two. The F+W guy said that she probably would have died because she couldn't compete for food with the bigger ones. Anyway, here's some pics. Enjoy!



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    Awesome 80MTN!!! Those birds are amazing, and the fastest animal on the planet.
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    DUDE THAT IS SO AWESOME!
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    Yeah, I was thinking if she hit me it would be like an asteroid strike!
    and...I'd fall to the jagged rocks below! :)
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    Yeah, that kind of thing doesn't come up very much in my life! I think he named her Petunia. He has a harris' and a red tail too and hunts them over jackrabbits. Cool to watch!
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    Great Post 80Mtn!
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    Remarkable!
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    Thanks, it was fun! :)
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    Central Minnesota Barred Owl that seems to stalk me.

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    My favorite owl! They used to follow me around at night when I was back in Ohio. I can call them in pretty well!
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    A bald eagle badgering fishermen. Dive-bombed us a couple of times as well. Not sure what his issue was; no nest near, no visible bait fish, etc. Bad hair day, I guess. Bald eagles have become almost as pervasive as the common crow locally. Still in awe of their size, power and majestic presence.

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    Bald eagle living in NYC.. that's awesome!
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    Cool. I wouldn't mind being stalked by a handsome creature like that!
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    What an incredible experience that must have been! Both for the challenge of the climbing, and the opportunity to get that close to a nest. I'm glad it worked out that taking the little one was likely best for the whole family. LOVE that last pic!
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    I've not really gotten any good predatory bird shots at home, but having visited Maine several times I've gotten some nice shots there over the years:

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    The neat thing about this next one is that in that bay, at other times of day, those poles would be under several feet of water. It was neat to see the birds perching there at low tide. What an amazing place Maine is..
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    and here I'm cheating just a bit, because these are not traditional "predator birds", but eh.. I don't get much chance to show off :rolleyes:
    Cormorant, drying off
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    Seagull.. pretending it's an eagle? (prey bird with it's own bit 'O prey!)
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    If interested, a link to my "Best of Maine" album on Flickr
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    Is that a cormorant at the bottom, or an anhinga? ( i'm going with cormorant) Great Eagle and seagull pics!
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    Cormorant :) I love these birds but i am ALWAYS forgetting their name. As soon as you mentioned it jogged my memory.
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    It was kinda fun. I'm just glad I didn't eat a boulder. There were volkswagon size loose rocks all around. In fact, when I'm standing in the nest, I could feel the big rock shelf above me wiggling. You really don't want any wiggle at that juncture.... :)
    That, and I'm glad the bigger babies didn't think my fingers were food!
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