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Parque Cóndor - Birds of Prey reserve

 
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Dec 12, 2010 21:10 |  #1

Friends,

There is a fantastic reserve for Birds of Prey near the city of Otavalo here in Ecuador where the birds are sheltered and recovered to be later on released into the wilderness. Some of those birds are very old and are now 'retired' living in this facility, others are brought because they were found abused or captured. Others are donations from brother reserves elsewhere. It is a marvelous place.

It's director is a Falconer which has his own birds residing in the facility as well. Here are some of the photos I was able to take on a visit there.

One of the donations: the Bald Eagle of the US

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The birds are kept on an open ground and have housing build for them:

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Others are kept inside large facilities with nets (non metal!) delimiting them:

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And, they have four of our National Birds, the Andean Condor, which is the worlds largest bird of prey with a wingspan of 10' 6" (3.2 m)! This magnificent animal is almost extinct in our country where only around 30 individuals remain. Here's one they rescued from being butchered for its feathers:

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They also have a 30 year old Harpy, which is, in its youth, one of the most magnificent animals! Even at an advanced age, this huge bird (amongst the largest eagles in the world) is impressive! There is a chance some of the pictures of her get published, if not, I'll post them here as it is a magnificent sight to behold!!

As for the pictures themselves, they were all made with the 70-200 f4L and the T2i. Since I'm very new at taking bird pictures, any advice and critique are welcome and thanked in advance.

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Dec 12, 2010 21:21 |  #2

Absolutely beautiful. Cool story.




  
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Dec 12, 2010 21:47 as a reply to  @ Jack Cooper's post |  #3

WOW!!!!! very nice all the way around. I love them all. 1# is great, great colors and detail.


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Dec 12, 2010 22:03 |  #4

aye, rafa, the eagle shot is just beautiful!




  
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Dec 12, 2010 22:48 |  #5

Beautiful shots


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Dec 13, 2010 03:59 |  #6

great shots..and nicely done Rafa.. looking forward to your next post




  
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Dec 13, 2010 06:40 |  #7

Very well done Rafa! The color and detail on all of those shots are amazing!


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Dec 13, 2010 12:33 |  #8

very nice series




  
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Dec 13, 2010 14:21 |  #9

Beautiful set of images with the Bald Eagle portrait being my pick of the lot. Good shooting.


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Dec 13, 2010 14:30 |  #10

Beautiful set of images. Sounds like a great place indeed.


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Dec 14, 2010 00:31 |  #11

Thanks a lot for the kind words Jack, SteveJa, Flores, akhan, kmunroe, Hardcore, dgraham, Harvey and Levina.

Yes, the Bald Eagle is probably the most beautiful bird in the entire park. The perfect beak and it bright yellow color, perfectly matched with the white head makes for the perfect combo! My only caveat is that is is the least 'ours' of all the birds there... it is an import in all the meanings! LOL!. That's why probably the Harpy (pictures will be coming, I promise!) was a bit closer to my heart. But, undoubtedly, the Bald Eagle is the most beautiful in the park. Would the Harpy be any younger, she would have given the Baldy a run for his money :)

Here are a few other shots made the same day:

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Thanks again for all the kind words... I know its much less of a merit to take this into a reserve than finding even one of these in the wild, but, for me at least, the beauty of the specimens and the preservation aspect of the park make up for the lack of wilderness merit. That said, the pictures posted in this thread never cease to amaze me! Thanks all for sharing.

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Dec 14, 2010 15:00 |  #12

Hey Rafa, exposure is bang on. Could you explain your technique and your metering?

Thanks,
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Dec 14, 2010 15:51 |  #13

Great shots!


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Dec 14, 2010 17:02 |  #14

Very awesome showing of Raptors , that would be something to see in person .


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Dec 14, 2010 20:49 as a reply to  @ andrewhuxman's post |  #15

Very nice series!!! I didn't know the Condors were that ugly :)




  
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