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Stretching Her Wings

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 22 August 2014 in Animal & Insect.

SweetPea, Screech owl, stretches her wings.

From Blackland Prairie Raptor Center:
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center’s education birds of prey are the highlight of our outreach programming. Their purpose is to inspire our audiences to think about and actively participate in helping preserve raptors and the environment for generations to come.
Though these education ambassadors have been given names, we must respect them as wild animals. In many cases these birds will be with us for many years, and since we have more than one bird per species, we attempt to give them names that are derived from a bird’s actions or a reference to the natural history of that species. As you read their stories, remember that these birds began their lives as wild creatures and came to us after humans had a negative impact on them. It must be stressed that the birds of Blackland Prairie Raptor Center are and always will remain wild birds of prey, not pets.
All of our raptor ambassadors have come to BPRC with circumstances that make them non-releasable. Due to their injuries or conditions, they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. They have become the ambassadors for all wild birds of prey by educating the public about the issues concerning their future.

NIKON D5000 1/1500 second F/5.0 ISO 400 217 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The bird's wings and claws reflected power. The look is bold. The magnificent bird.

22 Aug 2014 6:11am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue de ce rapace et captage superbe compo.
amitié

22 Aug 2014 6:27am

Helen from Australia

Ha, Lovely shot.
I thought SweetPea's eyes told a story too. Moreso .. "It's Friday, can I go home now?"

22 Aug 2014 7:46am

Tomix from landerneau, France

fantastic capture!

22 Aug 2014 9:11am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The expression on her face gives me the impression she is about to nod off :)

22 Aug 2014 9:45am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique reception.....
Un joli travail.)

22 Aug 2014 10:31am

Devi from Chennai, India

an impressive capture here !! Bravo!!

22 Aug 2014 12:55pm

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe!! amitiés

22 Aug 2014 2:47pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo !

22 Aug 2014 3:03pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Nice close up of the owl.

22 Aug 2014 3:27pm

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice owl !

22 Aug 2014 7:48pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I am always fascinated and amazed by the beauty in birds. This and yesterday's shots are so good.

22 Aug 2014 9:13pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe

23 Aug 2014 6:58am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like seeing the detail of the underwings.

27 Aug 2014 10:56am

NIKON D5000
1/1500 second
F/5.0
ISO 400
217 mm (35mm equiv.)