Birds of Prey

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    Morningbreath
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    Every year Green Chimneys in Pawling New York puts on a Birds of Prey Day where you can get up close with a lot of hawks, owls, and so on. Its probably my favorite photography day of the year and some of my favorite bird shots are from there.

    http://www.greenchimneys.org/upcoming-events/?event=28

    Lots of celebrities to boot, if you are into that. Richard Gere is a supporter and can usually be found just waling around, so can robert Kennedy Jr, Jack Hannah and others.

    /of course flickr is down when I want to post photos. just imagine some gyrfalcon, owl, and eagle photos.

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    Lovesandwich
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    I think that I saw this group last August when I was visiting friends and we went up Long Island. It is pretty neat to get that close to some pretty big birds!

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    bender16v
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    Are there a lot of good photo ops there? A local rescue center that focuses on birds has a couple events a year that are just for photographers. They bring out about 6-10 of their resident birds that are no longer fit to return to the wild and allow you to photograph them. A local pro photographer sets up perches and all of the proceeds go to help the rescue. I usually go because it is fun, it supports a great cause, and it’s 10 minutes from home. http://howellnaturecenter.org/special-events/photography-workshops/ But people come from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario.

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    Morningbreath
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    Are there a lot of good photo ops there? A local rescue center that focuses on birds has a couple events a year that are just for photographers. They bring out about 6-10 of their resident birds that are no longer fit to return to the wild and allow you to photograph them. A local pro photographer sets up perches and all of the proceeds go to help the rescue. I usually go because it is fun, it supports a great cause, and it’s 10 minutes from home. http://howellnaturecenter.org/special-events/photography-workshops/ But people come from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario.

    Yes, you can get up close to a lot of birds in various settings, including flying. I like it for the closeups. I was literally less than 3′ from a snowy owl, gyrfalcons more hawks than I could throw a stick at, golden and bald eagles, and so on. the falconers were having a little trouble with their birds, so I did not get many photos in flight this time.

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