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Nice photos. Is that first one a wood duck? Amazing plumage.
Yep, that's what it is, they almost don't look real, I've seen a lot of them this spring. Here are some more pics for grins and giggles. The first is a young Great Horned Owl.












 

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Amazing pictures. thanks for posting.
Should have had my camera the other day when I was out fishing. motored into a cove and flushed one of our resident bald eagles from fairly close up. He was carrying about a 14" bass and stayed around the cove in various trees for a few minutes. Later, he chased off an osprey that trespassed in "his cove".
 

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Amazing pictures. thanks for posting.
Should have had my camera the other day when I was out fishing. motored into a cove and flushed one of our resident bald eagles from fairly close up. He was carrying about a 14" bass and stayed around the cove in various trees for a few minutes. Later, he chased off an osprey that trespassed in "his cove".
I saw a bald eagle steal a fish from an Osprey in mid-air.
 

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A couple nights a week a great horned owl camps out in the elm tree in our back yard. He'll give an occasional hoot then go whack a rabbit, dove, etc. He often leave owl dung & critter parts on the roof. He has a wingspan of nearly 4'.
 

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Amazing pictures. thanks for posting.
Should have had my camera the other day when I was out fishing. motored into a cove and flushed one of our resident bald eagles from fairly close up. He was carrying about a 14" bass and stayed around the cove in various trees for a few minutes. Later, he chased off an osprey that trespassed in "his cove".
Couple of years ago, standing on front porch, saw something floating in the air. At first, I thought it was a giant snowflakes (not very likely but can happen) but thought it odd, given time of year.

Realized it was a feather, that someone had "bought it", so I looked around to see if I could find out who was having a nice meal. Turned out to be a bald eagle in the neighbor's pine tree most likely eating a mocking bird.

To give perspective on this, my family had lived in this suburban neighborhood for 50yrs, I grew up here, and never once saw an eagle during all that time! Sadly, my camera was indoors. Since then have seen a few more! Woohoo!

Fan pictures everyone👍

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Couple of years ago, standing on front porch, saw something floating in the air. At first, I thought it was a giant snowflakes (not very likely but can happen) but thought it odd, given time of year.

Realized it was a feather, that someone had "bought it", so I looked around to see if I could find out who was having a nice meal. Turned out to be a bald eagle in the neighbor's pine tree most likely eating a mocking bird.

To give perspective on this, my family had lived in this suburban neighborhood for 50yrs, I grew up here, and never once saw an eagle during all that time! Sadly, my camera was indoors. Since then have seen a few more! Woohoo!

Fan pictures everyone��

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I saw this juvenile Bald Eagle dive through a V of geese and bring one to the ground, then an adult came and took it away from him. That's the third pic in my OP. The juvenile looking up in that pic is watching three more eagles that were circling over head
 

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Bearcat6,

Thanks for the back story.

Met a raptor specialist after saving several hoot owl hatchlings. Were taken to her after the maple tree holding their nest came down after a storm. (Only one of three actually survived.)

She said that after Hurricane Katrina there's been more sightings of Coopers Hawks and that Bald Eagles had been repopulating the area. In the past they had limited themselves to the swamps, if we had any around at all.

Anyway, she had turned her home into a sanctuary. Lots of owls, hawks, falcons, and occasional eagle in cages as she and the local zoo nursed them back to health for eventual release back into the wild. She even had a few inside her house, some of which were untethered and more like pets. (Weren't able to released back into the wild for some reason or another.)

Thanks again for the beautiful pictures. Almost makes me want to go out and buy a new camera and get back into "photogging".

Keep'em comin'!👍😀

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Very nice photos. I used to dabble with photography and then Marlinitis took all the money.
I have a friend on facebook that was a professional back in film days, then he went into real-estate when so many got into the business. Now he is retired and using digital. He has a lens that looks like a howitzer and does some really nice work and specializes in birds and flowers. He posts a photo daily for his friends enjoyment.
It looks like you have some good equipment as well as talent.
 

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Bearcat, what part of the country are you located?

Those are all very nice shots. You're a talented photographer.
Thanks for all the kind words everybody, all of those shots were taken in Oregon. I can't resist a couple more.




OK, I'll stop now.
 
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