I got to spend the first beautiful spring day outside chasing hawks with falconer Carolyn Standlee-Hanson, of Phoenix Fire Falconry, her husband Richard, and friend Barbara O’Brien (Barbara O’Brien Photography). What a fantastic way to usher in spring. Thank you to all involved. It was a splendid day. Here are some of the day’s favorites.
“Sassy” (a Harris’s Hawk) and Carolryn. Ready for flight.
This is “Hit-Girl” she’s a young Red-Tailed Hawk
If you look closely here you can see the Third Eyelid (nictitating membrane)
A close up of the Eyelid
Another shot that shows the Eyelid (here it is only half covering the eye)
I’ve been photographing these baby owls since last sunday. One fell from the nest late Sunday night last week, and climbed up a nearby tree leaving one little owlet occupying the original nest tree. One week later both seem to be doing quite well. Despite the mobbing of Crows and Jays, and the serious eyeing of an attentive Cooper’s Hawk.