Somewhere in the future I'm definatly going to want to talk "tech" with you...compair notes and such as I shoot raptor's as well, but at the moment, considering that I do animal care volunteer work at a nature center that does rehap, I just have to ask...that halk with the broken leg in the first pic...did it/is it recieving care? I've gotten to photograph and work with a number of raptors including a bald eagle (and she is wonderful to say the least), but I have to admit that I have a special place in my heart for red tails. Aside from the 3 I work with at LENSC (Lake Erie Nature & Science Center), I've had a couple of special opportunities to work with a simply wonderful little lady named Aprodite. At one point she had been hit by a truck and one of her wings had to be amputed, so she's a "lifer" at the nature center. The nature center will occasionally do "photo days" where they take some of their birds out back into the woods and pose them for the photographers...put em up in tree's/natural settings and such. They have a number of their own birds that they use including an American Kestral named Bobby, a great horned owl named Alexander, a couple of bard owls, etc., but "Ditey", as my wife and I call her, is my favorite to work with. You tell her she's "a pretty bird" and she's "sooo beautiful" and she sit's there and poses and preens and just totally sucks it all up! LOL!!!
Anyways, I'm sure you can see my concern...I hope someone was able to get that bird in your pic some assistance but since I don't see any jesses on the ankles, I'm guess it was wild...
This is Aphrodite in a classic over-the-shoulder pose
The highlights on the top of her beak got a little blown out and because it was so hot that day, they were spritzing the birds down with water, but I still like this shot either way.
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,
Oh...btw....wonderful shots! Very nice indeed.