Formidable Hunters

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First, a bit of trivia.
The Alaskan Bald Eagle is the third biggest eagle in the world. It is bigger than the American Bald Eagle (sometimes called the Northern Bald Eagle and Southern Bald Eagle respectively), but this is the only difference. The Bald Eagles' main prey is fish.
Harris Hawks are the third most successful pack hunters in the world, behind Wild Dogs and Wolves. An amazing feat for a bird. One hawk will chase the quarry at a time until it tires, then another hawk will take over the pursuit. If the prey goes to ground in shrubbery, the smaller males will stalk through the undergrowth to scare the prey out to the waiting larger females. Harris Hawks live in groups, and there is only one breeding pair per group.

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Harris Hawk
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European Eagle Owl
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Other Owl Species
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Black Tailed Kite
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Alaskan Bald Eagle
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Peregrine Falcon
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African White Necked Vulture
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American Kestrel
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Tawny Eagle
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#7 is my fave shot

where were these taken?
 
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Digital Flower - None were shot through glass but there are caging in front of a few of the birds. I used a small DOF when taking them in order to blur the caging sufficiently to make it disappear. You can still see a hint of it in a few of the images though.

lostprophet - They were taken at a raptor centre close to where I live. IT is in Ringwood and is called Liberty's Raptor and Reptile Centre. Near the New Forest. Well worth a visit if you get the chance.
 
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wow, always cool to learn about the subjects we take pictures of. So many great portrait shots.
 
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Thanks very much. :)
 

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#3 is my favorite by far. The color of his eyes are amazing!!!
#12 is great too. You can really see how massive they are and how long their wing span is.

Incredible Shots!
 
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Thanks for the comments. It is a huge bird!
I'm very pleased with the vibrancy in the colour of the Eagle Owl's eyes. Wasn't sure how that would come out.
 

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