Over this past weekend, there was the Cape May Raptor Show.
Me holding a gyrfalcon
world's biggest owl
ready for his close-up
True fact: a bunch of years ago, on a very windy day, a golden eagle appeared in my backyard. Alas, couldn't find my camera.
This guy has quite a resume; he's appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and a bunch more, and also some commercials.
Snowy had two settings: sleepy and smiley.
This is him halfway between both.
ready for his close-up.
We went to the event on Saturday, and again on Sunday. Saturday I didn't have my camera, which was a shame because the vulture was rocking that vulture stance where the head is low,and his shoulders, which look like he's wearing a black coat with epic shoulder pads, loom above.
sorta like this
(the above was pulled off the net, and should give you an idea of what I was looking for).
Unfortunately, on Sunday, Bee Bee the Vulture spent most of her time preening, and none of her time helping me get the shot I wanted."Heyyyy, vulturevulturevulture, heyyyy vulturevulturevulture...'
I kept trying, and finally got her to do this:
This is me holding Bee Bee.
The other birds there were two little hawks, names of which I forget (it begins with the letter 'A'), a barn owl, another kind of hawk, also whose name I forget, and a cara cara, i.e. Mexican eagle. I took photos of all, but the only ones that turned out well are what you see here.
Wanna see more?
go to: www.raptorproject.com