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    So, I had an amazing opportunity earlier this week to go out and photograph some birds (not your ordinary run of the mill birds). A friend of mine was invited to a private raptor sanctuary, called Wings of Wonder located right down the road from my house (well more like 10 miles from my house). When she mentioned that she was going, I practically begged to come along. Since it is a very secluded, private, non-for profit sanctuary, you must be invited to come out and visit. Rebecca Lessard was a fabulous host showing us the inner workings of her "office" - I use that term loosely, since she's outdoors with the birds most of the time. I've included the link to her website, as she runs a wonderful education program.

    Now for the birds...Hope you enjoy them!

    All shot with the E-5, 50-200 w/EC-14, mostly handheld, some with my tripod.
    Long Eared Owl (don't remember his name)






    Ned - Saw Whet Owl




    Gilda - Eastern Screech Owl




    Pearl - Red Tailed Hawk






    Bella - Peregrine Falcon
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    Enjoyed these close-ups; thanks for showing! ~Ken

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    Nice shots. Like them all. Thanks for showing.
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    Fantastic shots- Not a bad one in there - Just lovely
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    I'd want to take Gilda home, she's a real cutie. Nice shots of some beautiful birds.
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    Thanks all. I think Ned was my favorite. Only 6 1/2" tall full grown.
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    very nice shots, I dont think many people understand on how small screech and saw whets are.. I was in that group, I am always expecting owls to be these big huge birds, all I do is hear the darn things.. even though they are out near my yard quite often. got lucky a few times with great horned being mobbed by crows, and once with a snowy owl, but that's it for pics on owls for me
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    Great pictures - plenty of detail and the EYES! A couple need the colour balance tweaked - probably light filtered through foliage.

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    Clint -

    This is an awesome series of raptors, etc. - mighty sharp, indeed!
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    Thanks...it was so cool to get within a few feet of them...so calm, they just stood there rock solid on her hand.
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    Gotta love owls! And the little Saw Whet is adorable. I had a Great Horned Owl experience one evening in a park near my home a few years ago. I went on a long night time walk, and followed the owl's hoots, hooting back once in a while to see if it would continue to call. Eventually, I ended up in the dark woods, on a very narrow and dark trail, and came face to face with the owl! It was a thrilling and terrifying experience all at once because as I saw the owl, I heard a stepping noise, and turned to see a deer not three feet behind me! Wish I had had a lowlight camera that night.
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    Some very nice shots here -- beautiful creatures. And thanks for sharing the Wings of Wonder web address.

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    Nice pictures . Love the eyes. we get the Great Horn owls here in the yard.they love the street light poles at night.

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    Thanks all...All of these have been edited through LR3, apparently the iris enhance works well for owls too.
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    Fabulous images! I need to go get a napkin (or maybe a bib) to contain my drooling! I'd kill to get this close to these wonderful birds, not to mention such shots! Glad you posted them, and the link.
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