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Benjamin's cool flight shot of the Osprey above reminded me of a similar shot I got of an eagle. I almost fell over backwards when it flew overhead while hand holding my 500. This shot is almost full frame, that's how close it came!


Couple of Great Horned Owlets making eye contact with me.


Holy cow! The eagle shot is one of the coolest pictures I've ever seen. Not that all other photos in stream aren't great but that one... Wow.

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This has to be my favorite photos that I have ever taken:


He was on the ground beside a Busy Highway feasting on a roadkilled animal. I was able to slowly get within 20 feet of him to sit and take photos for about 45 minutes. :)


Are you kidding me? Not even sure I understand how this picture can be this good. Bravo!

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This Red-tailed was a looooonnngg way off across a field. My wife spotted it, so I pulled off the road to take a photo or two. Thank goodness

for my EF 400mm lens!! Took three photos, and they were all identical. Even though we were a long ways off, Mr(s). RT didn't like me stopping

and taking his/her picture. His/her expression says it all!!


1-Red-tailed..Jackson Road 9-23-2013 002 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr


EDIT: Just to give an idea of how far away it was, here's the original uncropped photo. Full 400mm lens.


1-Red-tailed..Jackson Road 9-23-2014 by littlebear_elder, on Flickr

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Almost eye-level with one of the resident red-shouldered hawks in my backyard, they know me all to well when I am around...



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Both of these shots were taken on June 17th, 2011 at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon.


This is Dimitri, the resident Eurasian Eagle Owl.




And this is either Anu or Dakini, White-tailed Kites that suffered brain damage from high heat when they were fledglings and therefore cannot survive in the wild.



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A Merlin that seemed unconcerned but too a good look at me anyway.. wish he wasn't in the shadow of a branch

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