Fraptorday: Weekly Raptor

Here’s a couple of pictures from last December. We stopped at a field near Vacaville nad had the hawks out. A fair amount of the time, they find a good vantage point and stay there.

WRE 3465 2007 c03 ws
WRE 3523 2007 c03 ws

Sometimes, though, there simply is no good vantage point available. Since we lived in the Richland, Washington area, where the fields were primarily a desert sage scrub, we have used a mobile perch for our hawks made from a backpack frame. Our birds will use this as a hunting platform if there is no good available perch.

WRE 3497 2007 c03 ws

Photos here were taken with a Nikon D2Xs and Nikkor 70-200mm VR, ISO 800, post-processing with Corel Photo-Paint.

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

2 thoughts on “Fraptorday: Weekly Raptor

  • 2007/05/11 at 10:41 pm
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    That pic of you with the hawk on the frame has gotta be one of my all-time favorites.

    BTW, there’s a pair of nesting bald eagles a couple of miles east of me. I’m going to try for some telephoto shots of the nest if I can find a high enough site to see into it.

  • 2007/05/12 at 6:04 pm
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    Thanks!

    Good luck on the eagle nest pics. I’d be happy to host some of those here once you get them…

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