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

Posts tagged “raptor

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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Redtail Landscape

Serendipity is Mother Nature’s gift to photographers.  So often we stand before a landscape wishing and wanting for a bird or moose or some other interesting wild creature to put itself out there for the shot.  Sometimes we get what we wish for…

Redtail Landscape

This redtail hawk chose the perfect moment to fly through.  Thanks!


More from Mono Lake…

I’m sure you don’t think I spent the whole day freezing my ass off for 5 shots…

Eastern Sierras and South Tufa

Warning...Dragons Be Here...

Fading Color

First Light

"WTF are you doing?!?"

Harris Hawk Profile

Thanks for taking the time to look!!


Breakfast with a Hawk

This Karma, the Red Tail Hawk:

Karma

Karma

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Karma should not be alive.  About 3 or 4 years ago, Karma was found in the desert, in 110*F heat, all of his primary flight feathers pulled from his wings, extremely dehydrated, and unconscious.  He was brought in to be rehabilitated, and after intensive recovery care, they discovered that he was suffering from some sort of spinal injury and/or nerve damage.  He couldn’t fly, couldn’t perch properly, and had no chance of being released to the wild.  So he became an “Education Bird” for the center.

About 8-10 months ago…Karma started taking short hops and flapping his wings and perching better.  Over the last 6 months or so, he has been flying off tether over short distances, and responding to glove training and lure training.

Karma is a miracle bird.  He should not even be alive, yet here he is, in all his glory, flying ever so gracefully and beautifully.

Enjoy these pictures of Karma.  Mother Nature is a beautiful lover, but can be ever so cruel.  This one was saved.

Landing on a baited lure

Landing on a baited lure

Looking strong

Looking strong

Taking off from the glove

Taking off from the glove

Pulling up for a landing

Pulling up for a landing

Feeding on a tidbit.  I got lucky on the lighting in this one...

Feeding on a tidbit. I got lucky on the lighting in this one...

He sees something...

He sees something...

Coming in for a landing

Coming in for a landing

Taking off from the glove

Taking off from the glove

Another perfect take off

Another perfect take off

Instead of landing, he grabbed the tidbit from Art's hand and made an immediate U-turn...

Instead of landing, he grabbed the tidbit from Art's hand and made an immediate U-turn...

...and flew STRAIGHT at me!  I got lucky..this one is in focus...

...and flew STRAIGHT at me! I got lucky..this one is in focus...

…Sometimes you gotta know when to shoot the picture…and when to duck…

Thanks for joining me and watching this incredible bird re-learn how to do what he is supposed to do.  At the end of the day, Cindy, the head of the rehab center, invited me to join the Educational Team, and help with the reptile education…and to work with Karma.  I might just have to take her up on that offer…