What a stunning raptor. This past weekend I took part in a photo shoot event allowing me to get some way cool captures of raptors, including ones like this that don’t normally come to northern Colorado.
The vast majority of my pics come from truly wild wildlife but every now and then I enjoy taking part in an event with a controlled environment like this. It gives the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals and is a good time to experiment and refine photographic skills.
Best of all, the funds for these events support a great non-profit, Nature’s Educators.
This particularly Harris’s hawk was one of a pair that put on a fantastic flight demonstration. Both are actually hunting birds, used by their owner in the ancient art of falconry.
Harris’s hawks are typically found in the southwestern United States. Most notably, they are very social and in fact hunt in packs – just like wolves! That has to scare a lot of rabbits!