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Hope you enjoy some from out of my closet
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1barred owl
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2 Great horned owl
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3 Saw Whet owl
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4 Red Shoulder Hawk
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5 Screech Owl
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6 Red Shoulder hawk nesting
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7 Great Horned owl
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8 Barred owl
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9 Snow owl in training for Falconry
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10 Young male Snow owl in training for Falconry
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11 Young male Snow owl in training for Falconry
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12Young male Snow owl in training for Falconry
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1312Young male Snow owl in training for Falconry
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14 Close up of a 10 year old female golden eagle, she is beautiful but blind in one eye and hails from Cody Wyoming
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What happened to the young Snow owl that it could not go back to the wild. Gee they are beautiful
 
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Beautiful Every One of them, The Golden Eagle is Fantastic it is a shame about the eye, but nature works in strange ways.

Thanks Lou I very much enjoyed your post.
 
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Oh those owl eyes are impressive. Need to see them for myself!
Thanks Dan yes there is a thing about owls. They are with out a doubt the best raptor god placed on this earth with wings. I wish I had the time to tell you of all the things I have learned about owls at the raptor center. You would not believe some of the things they are capable of.
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What happened to the young Snow owl that it could not go back to the wild. Gee they are beautiful
To this exact day Gale I don't know of it's condition but it was not a case of being rehabbed but a case where it was taken (bought) and within the law for falconary. Now the thing none of us could figure was why would any person with the smarts to hold a falconary liecence get a young owl let alone a snow owl who belongs on the tundra and not in New York. It's to warm. Get a red tail or a Harris Hawk. Every once in a while one will filter down here to the Catskill Mtns. and a lot of the time they die.
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Beautiful Every One of them, The Golden Eagle is Fantastic it is a shame about the eye, but nature works in strange ways.

Thanks Lou I very much enjoyed your post.
Gary, I am about 3 feet from this bird and she has not raised one hackel. Being this close to a golden will give you a shiver from head to toe as they are just so beautiful and large. Now here is a raptor that makes for some exciteing falconry. Only 5 licenced Falconers in the USA hold a licence for the golden and one of them just lost his while hunting it as believe it or not because of a bunch of crows. He is out west right now trying for another and if he is sucessfull I might get to be in on the training of it. Here is a neat story by a friend about how the golden eagle got it's name. Try it you'll like it.
http://www.dvrconline.org/goldenhackles.html
O yeah I even took a close up of the bad eye and made a very good 8 X 10 and took it to my optimogilist for him to take a look at it. He said he could not do much from a photo and He did not want a bird with 8 foot wings and 3 inch talons for a patient.:smile: :smile:
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WOW! What a stunning series! Every one of them is just gorgeous! Nice job!
Thanks Dianne, hard to beat owls and a golden eagle when you can get up close to them. I need to make another trip for some work down there so I will visit all my favorites. The red shoulder in the snow was selected for the Xmas card for the center for this year but a FF one in the snow.
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