Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birds of Prey

This juvenile Red Tail Hawk let me get in really close for this shot.
As soon as the camera clicked, he made a move that make me jump back.  Maybe he was startled by the noise of the camera. I find that birds hear the beep when the camera is in focus and that is enough for them to flee.
This Red Tail Hawk is from a Falconry in Bowmanville, Ontario.  They have hawks and falcons and they rent them to food fairs etc. to keep the seagulls away.  Pearson Int. Airport in Toronto also uses falcons to keep birds away from the flight paths of departing and arriving aircraft.
I spotted this Red Tail Hawk sitting on a wire while driving down the road.  I stopped my car and took this shot from the car (I knew if I got out of the car he would fly away).
This is one of at least 3 shots that I got before another car came the other way and the hawk left its perch.
This is a male Osprey carrying a fish in its talons.  He is actually trying to make me change directions as his nest and the female Osprey are about 20 yards away.  I didn't stay long because I was obviously causing a lot of stress for both of them.  It is very rare that the female will leave the nest when brooding.

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