Bird Portraits

Normally, I do not post two days in a row unless I am on vacation.  However,  I am finding I have a backlog of photographs I want to share so I hope you do not mind a couple more animal portraits of the avian variety.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) photographed at Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Sunset Safari in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) photographed at Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Sunset Safari in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Nikon D70, 70-200VR, 1/100s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 200mm focal length.

Both of these photos were taken using the fabulous Nikon 70-200VR f/2.8 lens.

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) taken during the Sunset Safari evening at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.

Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) taken during the Sunset Safari evening at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Nikon D70, 70-200VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.6, 200mm focal length.

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18 Responses to Bird Portraits

  1. Karma says:

    Amazing eyes on the falcon, looking right at you! Awesome! Did it take many shots to actually get the one that you wanted? Adorable look on the penguin.

    A bird of prey, I’m thinking probably a peregrine since they are fairly common in this area, circles the neighborhood with its tell-tale cry on a regular basis. I keep wishing it would land somewhere in range of my camera!

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    • I took about dozen photos of the two falcons the zoo has. This is the male who looked up at me when I made squeaking sound. Maybe he thought I was a big mouse. 🙂

      Good luck photographing one in the wild, Karen! Maybe you can find his favorite roosting place.

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  2. cindydyer says:

    Great bird shots, Scott! I have the 70-200 and love it, too!

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  3. Simone says:

    Two lovely-looking birdies – Love the falcon, he’s a real pretty one. he looks like he just enjoyed a lovely lunch!

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  4. Nye says:

    They are so beautiful, I love the eyes of the Peregrine Falcon.

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  5. Wow, these are amazing shots 🙂

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  6. burstmode says:

    I really love that peregrine falcon…you sense the power of the raptor.

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  7. montucky says:

    Those are both great photos, Scott, but I especially like the one of the falcon. That shot is spectacular!

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  8. milkayphoto says:

    That first shot is FANTASTIC! Such personality in that face!

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  9. flandrumhill says:

    The falcon looks so serious. I wonder if he was posing or just caught unawares. That penguin was definitely posing to show his good side.

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  10. Gerry says:

    I’m trying to figure out whether I read things into the portraits because of what I think I know about falcons and penguins or whether the ferocity and whimsy are there because, well, that’s how they are! Great images, Scott.

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