Sunday, March 1, 2009

Birds of Prey

I had a wonderful opportunity to take great photos of some beautiful birds of prey. There is a man, Mark Baker, who has a bird of prey rehabilitation center to help injured birds. His goal is to rehabilitate them so they can be returned to the wild. Unfortunately some can never be released as their injuries are too great. These birds have a home with Mark and go to schools, bird shows, and other events where he can educate people about these beautiful birds and is a wonderful opportunity for people to see these birds up close, something most people never get the opportunity to do. I am hoping to be able to do some beautiful paintings from my photos.

The pretty boy is an American Kestrel.

A sweet little Screech Owl.

Here is a beautiful Northern Goshawk.

This is a Great Horned Owl, he has a bad eye and a broken wing that can not be fixed. He is the reason I went to take photos. I am going to do a painting of him for an up-coming show.

This is a Barred Owl, you can see he has a bad eye and can't be released back to the wild.

This is a photo of my son Terry, he had a great opportunity to hold a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk. Notice the leather gloves you have to wear in order to handle these birds. Their talons are razer sharp.

This is a Peregrine Falcon, he has part of his wing missing. But he is still beautiful.

Last but not least is a Northern Goshawk, another beautiful bird of prey.

A big thank you to Mark for a great day of taking photos of such beautiful birds.


Paola said...

Very beautiful birds, I think that they are also beautiful subjects for your works! Ciao! Kisses!!

pencilportraits said...

What fantastic images, you are so lucky to have them.