Warning...massive photo post!!!
Last weekend a couple of photographer friends and I made our way to Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue for a walk about. I had never been, so I thought it would be a very interesting to say the least. One of the things I really wanted to see was the Raptor Recovery of the area. I have seen many demonstrations of the magnificent birds they have at the location, but never actually visited. This was a great opportunity.
Carrying my trust camera I was able to capture some fun images of the birds and also happened to catch a couple of interesting finds along the walking trail of the wilderness as well.
Taking photos of the birds was a little difficult as most that have tried can tell you, that you have to take the photos through a cage. The rule of thumb is the closer you get your lens to the cage, the less you see. So I used a telephoto as close to the cage as allowable to get these shots of the birds. While the birds are located in a cage, you don't get the beautiful backgrounds and sweeping skies that go with most of the wildlife photos, but you do get the opportunity to see close up what these birds actually look like. Looking into their eyes, you get a sense of their personality.
Here are a couple shots from Raptor Recovery followed by a couple of nature shots from around the forest.