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Bald Eagle, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons

Earlier this year, at the end of January, my photography group went to a fundraiser put on by the local Wild Birds Unlimited store. It took place at a local brewery and was called “Pints and Predators.” It was both a live Bird Educational Presentation and a fundraiser for local wildlife rehabilitators. Exhibitors brought a bald eagle, owls, hawks, falcons, and nocturnal mammals. These are my top 10 photos from that day:

1.This is a Barred Owl. Barred Owls are gray-brown in color and have no ear-tufts.

2. This Great Horned Owl did not seem to be happy to be at this event.

3. This young possum was scared and trying to get as close to his guardian as possible.

4. The Bald Eagle is truly a majestic bird. I had never seen one up close before.

5. This is a different view of the Bald Eagle followed by the same photo after using the Mobile Monet app.

6. This is my favorite shot of the day. I used the Brushstroke app to make the second photo.

7. This is a Barn Owl. This is most likely a male as most females have spotted chests and males are usually all white.

8. This is a Red-tailed Hawk. The hawk’s expression makes me think of the movie line “Are you talkin’ to me?”

9. This is a Peregrine Falcon. Did you know that Peregrines can attain speeds of 180-200 mph as they plunge from tremendous heights in pursuit of prey?

10. These three photos show you how difficult it can be to get a good shot of the face of a Great Horned Owl.