Mother Nature is the artist. I just collect the memories…

Raptors

American Kestrel Release

We had the distinct pleasure of releasing a gorgeous young female American Kestrel this morning.  She was with us for about a month, learning to hunt and fly, and feed on her own, and she’s going to do just fine out in the wild…

Getting ready to step out

 

Perfect flight to a perfect perch

I also got a shot of our Evening Grosbeak.  He, too, will be released fairly soon…

Evening Grosbeak

Thanks for taking the time to look!


It’s Been a While…

I’ve been slackin’ on the posting.  Work has been incredibly busy, and I’ve had no time to go out and shoot photos.  It’s been hectic, to say the least.  But I brought the gear to work the other day, went in a couple of hours before I was scheduled, and took some shots…

Cooper's Hawk

 

Jeremy and Cindy examining a Golden Eagle

This Golden Eagle was found hopping on the ground, unable to fly.  An early exam revealed dehydration, near-emaciation, and all of his primary feathers broken on one wing.  The flesh and tendons are viable, no signs of electrocution, and was given subcutaneous fluids, and fed gently.  He is recovered well enough to be transported to a facility with on-staff veterinarians and raptor specialists, and after full-recovery, he will be brought back to us for release.

Love Dove-European Collared Dove

This dove came to us as a tiny baby.  We raised her up, big and healthy, and tried to release her, but she came back and hangs out at the center.  There are other doves in the area, and they all get along well, so we’ll let her stay…

Roadrunner

This young Roadrunner is completely wild.  He has never been a patient at the center, and doesn’t appear to be even remotely injured.  He just hangs out in the desert behind the center, and has gained enough confidence to allow us to approach him…sort of.  We don’t get closer than a few feet, but I have passed directly underneath him whilst he was perched on this branch several times, and he is less than 6″ above my head, so…pretty bold Roadrunner…

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'"

 

First Flight of Freedom

Lenore came to us as a little nudie baby, orphaned, naked, cold, and starving.  She grew into a big, healthy, beautiful Raven.  I was quite fond of Lenore, and shared pictures of her a few weeks ago.  She’s a big girl now, and we released her the other morning to be free as she can be…

Thanks for looking!


Photo Manipulations

Yea…I haven’t had a lot of time to get out and shoot photos.  So, as usual, I’ve been playing around in Photoshop, manipulating photos, and coming up with brand new looks for some of my older shots.  Hope you enjoy them!

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American Kestrel

These are some absolutely amazing little raptors  I love seeing them darting around out in the wild, but this is the first opportunity I’ve ever had to work with them up close and personal…

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Raptors at Work

If you follow with any regularity, you probably know that I recently started working as a wildlife intern at Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care.  We rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife.  It’s a very labor-intensive job, and very time-consuming work, but it is the best job I’ve ever had…

Great Horned Owlets

These baby Great Horneds are really awesome.  They’ve been here for a little while now, and pretty soon we’ll start getting them hunting live prey and prepare them for release.

Red Tail Hawk scheduled for release in the next couple weeks

This Red Tail was shot with a pellet gun.  Lucky for him, the pellet fragmented without causing a ton of major damage to the wing.  He is healing fine and flying well, and is scheduled for release very soon.

Adult Great Horned Owl

This Great Horned was one of my first intakes at the center.  You can see his right eye is injured.  We aren’t exactly sure what happened, but he seems to have good vision.  He’s ready for test flights and live hunting in preparation for release, as well.

Lenore

This Raven came to us as a young baby.  She’s pretty darn sweet, and will probably be released soon.  I couldn’t resist an old feeling, B&W treatment and an Edgar Allen Poe reference…

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Barn Owls

I have never had the pleasure of seeing a Barn Owl in the wild.  Yesterday, two fledgling Barn Owls were brought to the wildlife center.  I was honored and privileged to be able to give them both their initial exams, and luckily, neither one has any apparent injuries!  So other than being orphaned and a bit young, they are perfectly healthy.  We will feed them and keep them safe until they are able to fly, and then they will be released.  I have no worries about these two retaining their wild attitude.  They let me know with no uncertain terms that they wanted nothing to do with me…

Fledgling Barn Owl

Fledgling Barn Owl

I’m really excited to be working with these two.  The Great Horned Owls are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but you just don’t see these guys very often and to be able to work hands-on with them, knowing they are healthy and will be returned very soon, is an incredible opportunity and experience.

Thanks for coming along!