Rainy day portraits

by Helen Hooker June. 16, 2013 5596 views

I managed to fit in another flying visit to the International Centre for Birds of Prey [icbp.org] today, arriving just in time for the final bird of the morning flying display. I was lucky enough to be able to catch the Bald Eagle coming in to land in front of the trees which created a wonderfully lush backdrop - an unexpected bonus given the grey and drizzly conditions. After a bite to eat I took a brief stroll around the hawk walk. Most of the birds were, very sensibly if not photogenically, hiding in their enclosures rather than sitting out on the grass so there were pretty slim pickings here. As I passed through the shop on my way out I discovered three more birds on the counter in large plastic boxes. These baby owls will eventually become members of the Centre's flying team so they spend some time in the shop each day where they come into contact with lots of people. This means they won't be afraid of the crowds when they start taking part in displays. They are still at the cute, fluffy stage at the moment and were unbelievably obliging in terms of looking at the camera on cue - these three will go far!

Landing gear deployed and preparing for touch down!

Kestrel

Lanner Falcon

These two cuties are a Spectacled Owl (on the left) and a Great Grey Owl

This baby Long Eared Owl didn't have a friend to cuddle up to so he had a soft toy owl in his box instead!

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Dorothe 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow, my fav is the 4th.

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Zajä…C 6 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful post!

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Pete 6 years, 2 months ago

into my favs

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 2 months ago

Fantastic photos..love the youngun in #2

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Larry Nelson 6 years, 2 months ago

Spectacular, Helen!

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Eiram Marie 6 years, 2 months ago

Amazing work, Helen!

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 2 months ago

#1 is amazing, but the owls make me smile.

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Ann Garratty 6 years, 3 months ago

Stunning photos of these magnificent birds... those babies are so cute...

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Josy 6 years, 3 months ago

This series is simply splendid. The third will stay with me: the one-on-one encounter with this bird, who looks me straight in my eyes, is extraordinary

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Glo B 6 years, 3 months ago

extraordinary and so fantastic to look at!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 3 months ago

Love these Rainy Day gorgeous captures of these Raptors!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 3 months ago

Aren't owls just the cutest ever?! Nicely done set!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic set! 3 goes in my favs.

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 6 years, 3 months ago

Love!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh.... Those chicks!
I want one!

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 3 months ago

Excellent

6 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 6 years, 3 months ago

Love those baby Owls superb captures. I feel a weekend in Arundel coming on, we need to visit these places.

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