09/08/09 - Stare Down
This is another picture from our trip to Noah's Landing on Sunday. This is a red-tailed hawk. Although it appears that he is staring at me pretty intensely, he was actually just hanging out on his perch checking things out and enjoying the pretty day. If you missed me saying, the owl from yesterday and this hawk today are rescues...unable to be out in the wild due to injuries of some sort.
One of the things that I've learned is not to throw apple cores or banana peels out of the car (not that we did this anyway). The things that owls and hawks feed on are attracted to the food, and that has the possibility of taking these beautiful birds unsafely close to traffic.
I was about 3-4' away from each of the birds as I photographed them. There was a rope keeping everyone a safe distance from their perches. I have more close-ups than body shots because of all the background clutter and trying to keep the shots somewhat looking natural.
We went to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh yesterday. There's a write-up about that at:
It was fun and I did take some nice pics...just nothing topping me wanting to share this picture with you. Plus, it was cloudy and rainy all day yesterday in central NC. There's a traditional Joey and Johnny in front of the T-Rex skull shot:-)
At least it's a short work week...
Have a great day!