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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Raptors (Updated)

Thanks to Accipiter Enterprises for making these photos possible.

American kestrel.

Barn owl.

Red-tailed hawk.

Peregrin falcon.

Harris's hawks.

Barred owl.
(Update, Dec. 11, 2010; The Nature Conservancy's
Daily Nature Photo, Dec. 8, 2010.)

39 comments:

Sidney said...

Those are beautiful. I love owls.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks to you for getting all these cool shots.

Larry said...

Great shots Lana! What are those Harris' Hawks doing?

mick said...

A very interesting collection of raptors. I like the Peregrine Falcon looking back over its shoulder.

awesomelissababy said...

Wow, beautiful shots!

G said...

Fantastic shots.

Some of them almost look like cuddly stuff animals.

troutbirder said...

What gorgeous birds. There is something about these wild and fierce raptors that touches my heart....

Paul R. McNamee said...

Hey! That's the same group that comes to our Topsfield Fair every October!

Great head shots of the raptors!

Halcyon said...

Great shots! I love seeing your birds.

nothingprofound said...

Such candid shots, especially the Barn Owl. I almost feel I can hear what it's thinking.

Mike B. said...

Kestrels are my son's favorite. Nice shots.

TJ Lubrano said...

I love love love the photos! Simply stunning ^_^

Funkkeejooce said...

I love taking pictures of birds and I think I have a few in my blog. Unfortunately, I can never get close enough like you do in these beautiful pictures. They're simply stunning! My favourite is the barn owl.

FreakSmack said...

The Harris's Hawks remind me of those things from the movie "The Dark Crystal."

I have a red-tailed hawk that sits in my back yard every morning, but my kodak funsaver just doesn't capture the moment like your camera.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the raptors. I have never seen the Harris Hawk. They are all amazing birds.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sidney; Thanks. I love owls, too.

Charles; Thanks to you for coming along and making the day worthwhile. :)

Larry; Thanks! The Harris's hawks are fighting over food, actually.

mick; Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed.

awesomelissababy, Halcyon & TJ Lubrano; Thank you. :)

G; Thanks. I don't know if "cuddly" is quite the word, but we'll go with that for now. *L*

troutbirder; Agreed.

Paul R. McNamee; Thanks. I appreciate the group's efforts and I love the opportunity to see the birds up close and personal!

nothingprofound; I was amazed at the details in the barn owl's feathers. Just beautiful...

Mike B.; Thank you. I like kestrels quite a bit, myself.

Funkkeejooce; I took advantage of an opportunity to get up close & personal (relatively speaking,) with these birds, or else I would've needed a $5K lens that I'll never have. *L*

FreakSmack; Yes! I didn't think of the skeksis (or whatever,) from The Dark Crystal, but you're right. Cool on your red-tail, though!

eileeninmd; Thanks. The Harris's hawks are very social birds, living mostly out West, I believe.

timethief said...

@Lana,
Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos. Much appreciated.

Photodiction said...

Lana - very nice shots. The first owl shot is my fav in this set.

Donnetta Lee said...

All just beautiful. D

Rico Swaff said...

Owls are so gnarly (is that how you spell it?)

NatureFootstep said...

They are all great birds, but what I really want to see is the American Kestrel. It is a true beauty. I did check teh website. Looks intersting. :)

Dave Coulter said...

I like the Barred owl....a unique angle!

nina kuriloff said...

I LOVE your shots of birds!

Lana Gramlich said...

TT; Always glad to oblige. Glad you enjoyed!

Photodiction; Thank you! I loved the feathers on the barn owl. Just lovely.

Donnetta & nina k.; Thanks, hon. :)

Rico Swaff; Yep. That's how you spell it. ;)

NatureFootstep; The kestrel's the smallest of the North American falcons & a real beauty.

Dave C.; Thanks. I liked that one, too. :)

sunflowerkat321 said...

What a terrific group of photos this is. I am especially drawn to the owl photos. Owls are at the top of my list to photograph but I've had no luck finding them...yet.
:)

Kat
http://inmydreamssfk.blogspot.com/

Erik Donald France said...

Kewel! I like the symbolism of owls -- a mix of knowledge (Athena, Temple Owls) but also death or knowlege of mortality.

Beautiful photos~~

Lynda Lehmann said...

I've never seen such gorgeous owl photos! Thanks for featuring them!

Jodi MacArthur said...

Hi Lana,
Charles had posted a link to one of your interviews awhile back. I really liked it, but I was on my phone at the time and couldn't find it later to comment. I think it's so neat that you have a fascination with birds and your photography is gorgeous! Love these pics.

Lana Gramlich said...

sunflowerkat321; Thank you! Owls can be very tricky, of course. That's what makes them so precious. :)

Erik Donald France; Thanks. I always think of Athena, myself. ;)

Lynda; Anytime, hon! Glad you enjoyed.

Jodi; Thank you kindly! I'm glad you enjoy my work.

laughingwolf said...

raptors rock! :)

Kelly said...

I love these photos. The birds are all beautiful. Owls freak me out, though, I admit. Anything that can turn it's head completely around reminds me of the Exorcist movie. lol.

letspaintnature.com said...

I have a soft spot for owls. Wow, those are fantastic!

Chrissy said...

I love Birds of Prey, there is something amazing about them. Lovely set of images AGAIN ;)

V said...

the owls are beautiful. excellent capture.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Barred owls are my favourite! Great shots - as usual!

Shirley said...

Those are so awesome and your shots are so clear I feel like I can almost touch them!

JR's Thumbprints said...

These photographs are absolutely stunning. I particulary love the owl pics.

Michelle's Spell said...

hey beautiful,

Love the sweet little bird faces! Gorgeous shots as always!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks, hon. :)

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