Big birds and other things...

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  1. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    Had a vacation day on Monday and went to the Wild Bird Sanctuary. They deal mostly with raptors; taking in injured and rescued eagles, owls, hawks, etc. They'll rehab the ones they can and release them; the ones that can't be released are permanent guests. It's a pretty cool place and operates totally on donations.

    This is Patriot, one of the permanent guests. It's hard to take a bad picture of such a majestic bird.
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    This is Jake, a Great Horned Owl. He was watching a turkey vulture circle above him.
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    Another view of Jake:
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    Oliver, an African Eagle Owl. It's the largest species of owl and can take down a roe deer (which are about 2 feet tall). He was also more interested in the turkey vulture.
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  2. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    Some random pics...

    This is the John Busch mansion in Washington, Missouri, (circa 1890s, Second Empire style of architecture). He was the older brother of Adolphus Busch of Anheuser-Busch fame. It's purported to be haunted...
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    I'm on a photography forum and there's usually an informal monthly challenge. The winner of the monthly challenge picks the next month's subject. It's fun to do and sometimes a little nerve-wracking, (trying to come up with 20 to 30 photos on a specific subject).

    Last month's challenge was illustrating photography basics. This was one of my examples of contrast.
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    This one was for leading lines.
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    Depth of field. Found a spring peeper! Love to hear these little guys.
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  3. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    This was for Unexpected Angles. I'm just glad Sparky didn't drool on the lens.
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    Last one from the monthly challenge. We had to illustrate a quote from Shakespeare. I just bought a new bicycle (the first in over thirty years) but I'd still rather be riding a horse through the Nature Reserve - if only it was allowed. (They don't even allow dogs on leash.) :(
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    i always love your photos, that first shot is unbelievable.
     
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    You don't post near enough!!! You always have such great photos...
     
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    Thanks! And to think Ben Franklin wanted the turkey for our nation's symbol (he thought eagles had low moral character...)
     
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    Really awesome pictures! I love the mansion and the horse in the barn
     
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    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

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    Gorgeous!! Post some more. :D
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I am always excited when i see you have posted photographs becuase i so enjoy your work. Top of the line...ALways!

    Where is the bird sanctuary? I would love to see.
     
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    Thank you!
    Smkie: The Wild Bird Sanctuary is near St. Louis, MO, just down the road from the Wolf sanctuary.
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I love jake!! hes so cute :)
     
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    That's a beautiful series of photographs, Snark!

    The Busch house is really well done - and that second shot of Jake is also wonderful.
     

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