Saturday, April 14, 2012

Raptor Awareness Day

Today I want to share a few images taken on March 31.
A Rocha held a Raptor Awareness day,which turned out to be a huge success and a lot of fun.

When I looked out of the house in the morning,this little fella had come to get breakfast.
I thought he/she looked quite cute,posing for me this way.


The rabbit was cute,but this day it was all about the birds and I could hardly wait to get to the Raptor Awareness event.We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of visitors all day.
The ladies in the canteen served a delicious lunch of sandwiches and soup.
The most visited table was the one with the live Raptors.
The handler was kind enough to take this Great-horned Owl outside so we could get better pictures.
Isn't he a pretty bird?


Also on display was this pretty girl,an American Kestrel.
She was quite impressed with herself and would try every trick in her book to get attention.
Often when someone approached the table she would flutter her wings.Her handler said this was an attempt to get your attention.


Another bird on display was this Red-tailed Hawk.
This is a bird we usually see flying in the sky or sitting on a utility pole,so it was a treat to see this bird up close.This was also a female and a very calm bird.Just look those eyes,they are taking it all in.
In the wild these eyes are used to see prey from a long ways off.


After this event had wound down,I headed over to the Pembina Valley to check on the Hawk Migration.
The migration this year has been very disappointing with very few birds.
on this day it was no different,the hawk numbers were low,but an unexpected treat came when a large flock of Sandhill Cranes circled over our heads.This picture shows only a portion of the flock.I love how they light up when the sun hits them just right.



Thought for today:
 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches. 
Psalm 104:24 

34 comments:

  1. really beautiful birds to get to see up close and personal! (and adorable bunny!)

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  2. Ruth, What a "fun" day that must have been. Such beautiful birds, and you photographed them so well. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

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  3. These are just terrific, Ruth. I've seen both the Kestrels and the hawks at a distance but never this close.

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  4. Oh, my, yes they are beautiful birds! Very nice images.

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  5. How exciting to see all these magnificent birds up close. Always enjoy your photography - this sounded like a very fun day.

    You might be interested in this: Sandpoint, Idaho installed a camcorder above a new osprey nest. You can watch the ospreys LIVE at anytime. Check it here:
    http://www.sandpointonline.com/ospreys/

    We are all hoping they will start to seriously build the nest.

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  6. Ruth, glad you had such a great day! I love to see the raptors up close like that!
    Great shots, by the way!

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  7. I love that owl, he is beautiful!!! I was excited to see your photo of the Sandhill Cranes on the move. Alaska here they come!! Smile :o)
    Hugs,
    Chris

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  8. Great captures Ruth. I'm glad the Awareness Day went well. Hope all is well with you, too. Diane

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  9. That picture of the red tail hawk is just stunning. They're all wonderful, of course, but that one stopped me in mid-scroll. :)

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  10. Beautiful shots of the Raptors. So clear and colorful!

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  11. I think American Kestrels are lovely looking birds. What a nice opportunity to see the raptors up close. And it would be quite a sight to see all those Sandhill Cranes flying overhead.

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  12. Just wonderful close up bird shots, they look so fierce!!! We went to see some owls today, but the cages were pitch dark and you could see nothing, maybe because owls are active in the dark...I was disapointed, what is the point of having them if you are going to keep the cage blacked out.

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  13. Wonderful pictures, Ruth! Love the little rabbit!

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  14. gorgeous photos wonderful birds. love that owl. i would have loved this show. we had the wild life rescue of our county come to the nursing home with raptors, the residents were amazed. so much fun. sweet bunny

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  15. ooohhhh how exciting to get that close and be able to take pictures!!

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  16. Hi Ruth...The Raptor a beautiful birds that I had to learn to love and a realize are one of God creations with a purpose.not just to prey on small birds and rodents..: }
    Nice post..
    Thanks for your well wishes
    Grace

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  17. Wow Ruth....those are sensational shots.

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  18. Looks like you had a wonderful day of beautiful birds. Nice shots.

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  19. I would very much like to see a red-tailed hawk closeup! Lucky you! I have never seen sandhill cranes except in photos.

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  20. Love the little bunny rabbit!!

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  21. That must have been a fantastic experience to see all those raptors up close. You got some beautiful shots of them. I love your photo of the Sandhill Cranes overhead. I looks like a magnificent ballet in the sky, conducted by God.

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  22. Oh, wow, Ruth, those are beautiful. I know you had a blast.

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  23. Love that photo of the Owl! It is a treat to see a big flock of Sandhill Cranes in flight, so at least your visit to check on the Hawk Migration wasn't wasted. Too bad the hawk numbers have been so low. The Sandhills should be showing up here in about a week.

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  24. What a great opportunity to see these birds up close and personal, and to take their pictures. I guess I missed raptor migration this year. The Vultures arrived several weeks early, and I haven't seen any hawks yet this year.
    Have a great week Ruth.

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  25. Our skies have been filled with cranes too, I love the sound they make!

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  26. So nice to see that you had such an enjoyable day! And you were able to see the raptors up close, closer than ever possible in the wild.

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  27. As others have said, it's rare to see these magnificent birds so close up - great shots, Ruth. And fits right in with that excellent quote from scriptures.

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  28. The Horned owl and the American kestrel are my favorite.
    This post is wonderful, fantastic.

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  29. Very impressive looking creatures.. one and all. I had no idea that a kestrel was so small.

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  30. wow, those are terrific bird shots! i really like the second one. neat, and sharp!kudos!

    xo

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  31. I don't think I could pick a favorite picture, but your picture of the Great-horned Owl is excellent. I also liked your picture of the cranes flying overhead.

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  32. I'm sure Mr(s). Rabbit was quite glad to stay at home while you went off a raptoring! You got some great shots and I'm sure the whole day was quite fascinating.

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  33. Wow, getting to see these beautiful birds so close is quite a treat! I love the kestrel! We see them in the wild all the time, but they fly the minute you slow down to try to get a shot. We always laugh about that, and I seldom even lift the camera any more when we see one. I do love that little bunny, too...adorable.

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