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Mukaluk
06-19-2008, 11:06 PM
Hey everyone,

Just thought some of you might enjoy seeing some pictures of some birds of prey. And before you ask how I got these pictures... one thing, none of these birds are wild. For those who don't know, I volunteer for OWL, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates sick and injured birds of prey. So I get to handle and take care of these birds on my days off... that's how I am able to get these photos.

Also, I recently got a new camera that takes awesome pictures. So a BIG thank you goes out to Trina (aka Princess). Thank you for taking the time to show me cameras and helping me pick one. I'm loving it!!! These pictures are for you girl... and for Kevin because I know you enjoy my pictures...

... oh, and everyone else of course.... :D

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Daisy, a barred owl.

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Flash (male) and a new female bald eagle to OWL (the female is in
the foreground, Flash is in the background)

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Goldie, a female golden eagle.

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Kermit, a snowy owl with a permanently damaged wing.

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Lacey, a short-eared owl.

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Nelson, a peregrine falcon with a blind left eye.

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Rusty, a rough-legged hawk.

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Sampson, a great grey owl with an amputated left wing.

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Snoopy, a northern saw-whet owl with head trauma.

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Sonsie, a 6 year old male bald eagle. He was found being attacked to
death by crows when he was only 3 months old.

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Sonsie watching something in the sky.

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Stella, a red-tailed hawk.

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Tyra, a merlin with a premanently injured left wing.

Mudgirl
06-19-2008, 11:12 PM
Amazing pictures Sue
WOW

rockrawler
06-19-2008, 11:16 PM
Those are some sweet pics!

High Wheeler
06-19-2008, 11:30 PM
Wow I like the ones of the bald eagle great pics

and

1 question how long do you keep these birds under lockdown before you set them FREE or do these bird only get to see the inside of a cage?? Dont get me wrong I am all for rehabilitating injured wild animals but I am a firm believer once they are healthy they should be set FREE the way they are meant to be...


but again VERY nice pics and thanks for sharing them:)

PSSSSSSSS. Can I please have permission to use the first pic of Sonsie as my wall paper on my desk top please???

T-Kase
06-19-2008, 11:35 PM
I love that Snoopy, he's the coolest little owl. Really thought he was cool in the last pics you posted.

Thanks for sharing.

hamberger
06-19-2008, 11:46 PM
Ha, Ha, Ha. Poor Snoopy. He does look a few bricks short of a load.[freak]

ham

DeeDee
06-19-2008, 11:47 PM
beautiful pics Sue.

Trouble
06-19-2008, 11:58 PM
INCREDIBLE PICTURES!!! All I can say is WOW!!! I wish I could get that close to them to adore them that closely!



And Hamberger... Priceless!! BUT HE'S SOOOO CUTE!!!

Tunabomber
06-20-2008, 12:06 AM
i still like snoopy [36]

Princess
06-20-2008, 12:21 AM
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Sue I am so glad you are happy with the camera, it's obviously working out great for you, the pictures are phenomenal

brothergrimms
06-20-2008, 12:41 AM
love the pics sue[36]

Murd0c
06-20-2008, 03:57 AM
Wow I like the ones of the bald eagle great pics

and

1 question how long do you keep these birds under lockdown before you set them FREE or do these bird only get to see the inside of a cage?? Dont get me wrong I am all for rehabilitating injured wild animals but I am a firm believer once they are healthy they should be set FREE the way they are meant to be...


but again VERY nice pics and thanks for sharing them:)

PSSSSSSSS. Can I please have permission to use the first pic of Sonsie as my wall paper on my desk top please???

they realise birds all the time but some birds are hurt and can't go back into the wild. Si they have cages about the size of a foot ball field. Also they give them flying excerises every day as well.

gavman
06-20-2008, 07:28 AM
Very cool pics[cheers]

Candiass
06-20-2008, 08:54 AM
Those are great sue!!!! Fantastic pics. [36]

MuddyWheeler
06-20-2008, 09:24 AM
Wow, the pic's are wonderful. Thanks for sharring.:D

FINGERS
06-20-2008, 09:57 AM
mmmmmmmm spotted owl ,the other other white meat ...YUM

redman
06-20-2008, 10:06 AM
mmmmmmmm spotted owl ,the other other white meat ...YUM


made me hungry too




cool pics [36]

redneck princess
06-20-2008, 10:14 AM
not a big fan of birds but those are some nice pic's

Tinker
06-20-2008, 10:36 AM
Nice shots! Quite the camera ya got there. Rebel or equivelent?

Suz
06-20-2008, 10:51 AM
I always love your pictures :D

I LOVE the Snowies [d]

Mukaluk
06-20-2008, 07:07 PM
Wow I like the ones of the bald eagle great pics

and

1 question how long do you keep these birds under lockdown before you set them FREE or do these bird only get to see the inside of a cage?? Dont get me wrong I am all for rehabilitating injured wild animals but I am a firm believer once they are healthy they should be set FREE the way they are meant to be...


but again VERY nice pics and thanks for sharing them:)

PSSSSSSSS. Can I please have permission to use the first pic of Sonsie as my wall paper on my desk top please???

Murdoug is right... we only keep birds that cannot survive on there own in the wild. For example Nelson, you can see he's blind in one eye making him a shitty hunter... poor depth perception. He relies on sight to hunt. So with one blind eye, he wouldn't be able to hunt and survive on his own... he would starve to death.

Sampson was hit by a car and had to have one of his wings amputated so he can't fly...

And it goes on and on...

But the birds that can be released are released. We take in hundreds of birds a year, including baby owls and eagles that fall out of their nests, and we only have one, no more than two birds a year that end up being permanently at our facility. Many of them are so badly injured or poisonned that they have to be put down or they die within a couple of days... or even hours. But the ones that get their health back are released as soon as they are good to go. I've personally released a barred owl and a saw-whet owl and I've only been volunteering since February.

In short, we give a second chance to birds that would have been dead if it wasn't for us...

And regarding the picture of Sonsie, you are more than welcome to use as your desktop. :) I have my initials on them because we've had people steal our pictures and sell them for profit. So I'm just being careful... but you're more than welcome to use it for your computer. I'm glad you like them!!!

Lost_in_BC
06-20-2008, 07:47 PM
Awesome, Awesome photos... really great !

hot-flashes
06-20-2008, 08:53 PM
keep up the good work that is done at owl,your pictures are truly amazing

Toyquad
06-20-2008, 09:19 PM
great pics

Mr Vic
06-20-2008, 10:23 PM
great pictures, very nice lookin birds

nfc
06-20-2008, 10:35 PM
nice pictures, what kind of camera are you using?

captain
06-21-2008, 04:31 PM
nice pics!! i always see eagles by my work gettin attacked by crows. i assume the crows are protecting there nests

nebowe
06-21-2008, 05:38 PM
impressive pics

Dirtybert
06-21-2008, 05:46 PM
yea sweeeet pics

Cookie
06-21-2008, 05:50 PM
very cool pics. i like birds that eat others.

kootenaycat
06-22-2008, 09:40 PM
Those are some incredible close up shots! Guess they would be next to impossible if not in a shelter. Thanks for sharing! [cheers]

spanky
06-22-2008, 09:44 PM
amazing pictures

Karli
06-22-2008, 10:55 PM
Those are some beautiful pictures!!!!!!:D:D

numbernine
06-23-2008, 09:36 AM
another vote for Snoopy!