Monday, April 25, 2016

Up,Up and Away


April 9,was a very special and exiting day.The weather was less than ideal with a cold north wind and not much promise of warming up during the day.All this did not keep people away from the annual Raptor Festival in La Riviere,Manitoba.Once again they had record attendance.
 One of the big drawing cards this time was the release of a rehabilitated Rough-legged Hawk.

This bird knew exactly what it wanted once that box was opened.

The sound of cameras clicking,or more like whirring was amazing.All eyes and lenses were on this one bird.

The shots I am showing are all taken within a minute or two.I focused and then held the shutter button down,hoping for the best.


Having cleared the box,the bird wasted no time in getting away from there.

In a very short time he was on his way north and we were left with pictures and memories of this event.I only hope that this bird will find a mate and be able to raise some young this year.

Mission accomplished and now it was time to head indoors and warm up.
This was a first for me.I had never before witnessed the release of a bird.
Another day filled with special memories.

23 comments:

Diane said...

That would be quite exciting. Glad you were there, Ruth. Diane

Karin said...

Can feel the excitement in your story and the great photos!! Cool!

Christine said...

Fantastic photos of its release and powerfulness! So glad its been released and hope it does well.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful event to be part of. Your photos are great!

Have a very good week dear Ruth ~ FlowerLady

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Thanks for sharing this. Enjoyed your photos and the story. What an excellent memory.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

What a thrill that would have been! And the bird is beautiful beyond words.

George said...

You got some great pictures of the hawk's flight to freedom. I can only imagine what a thrill it was to see it in person.

Debbie said...

so exciting!! i'm so glad you were there and able to capture some wonderful images!!!!!

Shug said...

I enjoyed how your photographs allowed us (your readers) to experience this wonderful send off.

Sandra said...

this is amazing and your hold down button worked super.... he is just gorgeous

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

How wonderful to be there at the release time.

E. said...

gorgeous wings, those colors r amazing!!! so cool that u got 2 see all of this in person. ( ;

Aritha said...

Beautiful photos (all). I love this special serie! It's powerful.

Nora said...

wow, each action shot of the hawk is amazing Ruth! I can never get the right
settings and shutter speed! So happy the hawk is free!

Barb said...

You got some wonderful shots, Ruth. I bet seeing the release in person was an amazing sight!

Rose L said...

I am so glad he was able to rehabilitated enough to go free. Many do not and have to become educational animals.

Debby Ray said...

What an exciting thing to witness!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! The view of this sequence had my heart racing....

What pure bliss...hope it survives in the wild for a long, long time.

happyone said...

Amazing!!

Terri said...

How exciting! I'm glad you had your camera and captured those first moments of freedom.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Wonderful captures Ruth, so nicely done.

CountryMum said...

Great photos Ruth. Must have been very moving to watch.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh My Goodness.... I almost missed this one!!!! Love it when you go to the Raptor Festival... You got some amazing pictures of the hawk... What a beauty --and don't you know how excited he was to become FREE.....

Great post.
Hugs,
Betsy