Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raptor Rapture


rap·ture  -  1. the state of mind resulting from feelings of high emotion; joyous ecstasy


Joyous ecstasy are two words that perfectly capture my emotions on Sunday when I came face to face with two amazing birds of prey at ZooAmerica in Hershey, PA. 


This is Bliss the golden eagle. Many of the animals come to this zoo in need of rehabilitation. Bliss was infected with the west nile virus. He is better now and has become a wonderful ambassador for his species. 
He seemed to have a real bond with his handler. 
More photos on my Flickr set: ZooAmerica.



Osgood the barn owl. 
I was so excited to get this close to a barn owl. I am surprised these photos were in focus, I was shaking a little. 



Various other raptors at Hershey's ZooAmerica...








Okay, not a raptor, but I thought this 1.5 year old alligator was kind of cute.

10 comments:

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

WOW!!!! That first eagle photo is sensational!!!

Heidi said...

Amazing Pictures! Thanks for the follow!!

Sandy Sandy said...

You always go to the best places and have more fun than anybody I know. Love your photos! Thanks for sharing them Jen!!

BeBe said...

These pictures are simply breathtaking!!

Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

Love the bird photos Jen! I'm always a sucker for the raptors, they're just so magical and old world feeling. :-)

TARYTERRE said...

PRICELESS. Each and every one. MAGNIFICANT birds. Your photos are superb.

Kristen said...

Love love love the eagle! There is a place in CT where you can go watch them.

http://www.shepaugeagles.info/

Its about an hour from me but I think I am going to try and get there this year for sure.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

gorgeous pics :D

i held a barn owl for a few hours a few years ago, heavier than they look lol

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness! I was doing a happy dance reading this post! Thanks for sharing them. I was so excited, too, when I met a barn owl. They are the sweetest ever. :)

Kelly said...

...these are really beautiful. That first shot is stunning. I love the angle.