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Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on January 26, 2017

Pretty with Green

On the 18th of January I posted a juvie Red-shouldered Hawk showing its back feathers.  Today, Jan. 24, 2017, I spotted this pretty mature bird from the front, on a mossy branch at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 2000, 500mm, 10:11 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 15, 2016

Long-winged Owl

Going back in the archives about 20 months to Nov. 7, 2014, at the Ridgefield NWR, this Great Horned Owl displays its massive wing size as well as its powerful legs and talons. Note that the bird’s right foot is off of the perch leaving its full weight on the left.  Since ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 14, 2016

Royalty in Flight II

This is another frame from the series I took on March 3, 2016, at the Ridgefield NWR.  This is the final picture in the burst that captured the Bald Eagle taking off from a tree with dark clouds behind and sweet light on the bird.  I do wish I hadn’t blown the whites on t ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on November 9, 2014

Raptor of the Cooper’s Variety

While at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 7, 2014, I was slowly driving the auto route and approached the area by the Kiwa Trail entrance.  Three or four cars were stopped just prior to the large boulder by the road with the plaque on it.  At first, I didn’t know what they were a ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on October 10, 2014

Superb Hunter

It was a beautiful fall day, Oct. 9, 2014, at the Ridgefield NWR (although the mouse would likely disagree).  The sun broke out through partly cloudy skies as the day went on.  Here’s an afternoon image of an American Kestrel just as it began devouring its latest catch. C ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on September 25, 2014

Harrier Lift Off

I’ve been going through some older images in my Lightroom catalog doing some house cleaning and came across this nicely colored Northern Harrier at lift off.  This was taken Feb. 14, 2014, at the Ridgefield NWR, and I recall the bird was quite a distance out in the field. ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on September 24, 2014

Curious Baldy

This is a shot from way back in Feb. (14th) of 2014.  Looking forward to more Bald Eagle shots as fall and winter approach at the Ridgefield NWR.    Canon 5D Mark III, 1/250, f7.1, ISO 800, 700mm, 1:31 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on September 12, 2014

“Counting Crows”

This is one more image in my series of this young Northern Harrier chasing a murder of crows at the Ridgefield NWR, Aug. 12, 2014.  The harrier repeatedly flew up and then executed a dive toward the top of a tree where the crows were gathered.  This image is right before one of ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on September 6, 2014

Raptor Close-up

A young Red-tailed Hawk lands close by for a profile shot.  The severe back lighting blew out the not-so-great perch so I cropped it out.   Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4.5, ISO 800, 500mm, 8:50 a.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 8, 2014

“Ahhh, that sun feels so good!”

I photographed this Bald Eagle high up in the perch tree at the Ridgefield NWR today (Mar. 7, 2014) for about 45 minutes.  It was preening, stretching, and scratching.  Here the bird looks almost asleep but several times it would make a circular motion with its head stretching ... Continue Reading