I'd been to a session before, but didn't have the new camera back then so I thought this would be a great opportunity for some up close photos without risking a 10 care pileup. And I was right - the birds did not disappoint:
This is Spartacus. He's a Burrowing Owl.
This is Gus - he's a Western Screech Owl.
This is Dulce - she's a female Red-Tailed Hawk.
Isn't she beautiful?
I just couldn't stop taking pictures of her.
And she was kind enough to show the undersides of her wings, too.
Such a gorgeous bird!
Speaking of gorgeous...this is Tweak. He's a Great Horned Owl.
Look at those amazing eyes! I'm in love with the color tones in his feathers, too. Definitely seeing a future jewelry design using the cream, brown, tan and butterscotch color scheme.
The raptor presentation wasn't the only educational thing about this event. It was held in a park that is right close to my house, but for whatever reason, I've just never gone over there. Look what I was missing:
A full lake that is stocked with fish, the small creek shown in the photo above and this unusual sideways tree growing out over the creek. This was my first attempt at taking a water reflection photo.
Tons of ground squirrels - this one is enjoying a nibble on a patch of...something.
I know they're considered to be pests, but I think they are cute, anyway.
And...just as we were getting the car to leave...my first Western Bluebird photo!
Oh, and I found time to make some bird-inspired jewelry over the weekend, too. The earrings are done and the necklace design is laid out, but not strung yet. And, of course, still have to take the photos before I can post about that. Hint: think crow feathers.