Raptors

“There is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain” ― Herman Melville Moby Dick

I have been fascinated with birds of prey since childhood. They are wary of humans and challenging to photograph – good pics usually require some knowledge of raptor behavior, a good amount of patience, and often a dash of luck. Click on the pic to see a larger version. See my raptor research page for more about my work with raptors.

Waiting for eagles at Tussey Mtn

Waiting for eagles at Tussey Mtn

Bald Eagles have become fairly common along the Delaware River in the last decade. This one was perched along Rt 611 just north of Easton.

The eagle grabbed a gull at the river's edge in Easton

This eagle grabbed a gull at the river’s edge in Easton

"The mind is loosed, and, emptied of all edged and clattering thoughts, goes freely floating out to meet the bird" - M. Murie writing about golden eagles in Alaska

“The mind is loosed, and, emptied of all edged and clattering thoughts, goes freely floating out to meet the bird” – M. Murie writing about golden eagles in Alaska

Golden eagle with prey - Arches National Monument

Golden eagle with prey – Arches National Monument

Young osprey on the hunt. Osprey have made a strong comeback along the Delaware River in the past decade.

The Red-tailed Hawk flashes its namesake tail

The ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawk flashes its namesake tail

Graceful Black-shouldered Kite, northern California

evening Harrier, Alpha, NJ

Lesser Kestrel, Tarifa, Spain

Peregrine falcon zooms past below eye-level

Peregrine falcon zooms past below eye-level

More about Peregrines here

Swainson’s Hawk near Moriarity, New Mexico

Cooper’s Hawk has adapted well to suburbia, including College Hill.

Another Cooper’s migrating along Blue Mountain

Broad-winged Hawk migrating along a ridge near Easton

Broad-winged Hawk migrating along a ridge near Easton

Red-shouldered hawk, Nockamixon State Park

Red-shouldered Hawk, Nockamixon State Park

Turkey Vulture soars with ease on the updrafts

Griffon vulture, Picos de Europa

Short-toed snake eagle, Tarifa, Spain

Short-toed snake eagle, Tarifa, Spain

One of the strangest raptors – Secretary Bird at Maasi Mara, Kenya

Adult accipiters have a fierce red fire (apologies to Leopold)

More fierce red eyes - Northern Goshawk, rare denizen of old growth forests

More fierce red eyes – Northern Goshawk, rare denizen of old growth forests

Sharp-shinned hawk migrating along Kittatinny Ridge

Pair of great-horned owls, Gollub Park, Easton, PA

Great gray owl near Duluth, MN

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