When I opened my email this morning, I found that reader Ivar Husa had sent me a group of wonderful photos of predatory birds. I’ll put up just four of them for now, along with his commentary. Note that the owl photos are hot off the press!
As always, click them to enlarge.
These screech owlet [Megascops] pictures were taken this morning, and the little guys fledged only a few days ago.
The Swainson’s Hawk [Buteo swainsoni] pictures were taken Saturday, and all are of the same bird. The difference in appearance (color) is attributable to the fact that the upper surfaces were illuminated by direct sunlight, where the lower surfaces by reflection from the ground, which was dry and light brown.
Here is a ferruginous hawk image [Buteo regalis] I took a couple of weeks ago at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. My favorite picture of the month.
Pictures were taken with a (new as of Thursday!) Canon 5D Mark III camera using a Canon 100-400mm lens.