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The Ordover Gallery in the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is having a is an International Photography Competition “The Best of Nature Photography Show”.
They received more than 2,300 images of which 72 have been accepted to be hung in the museum.

I received word that one of my images will be one of the 72 hanging in the museum.

It was one of the Red Tailed Hawk pictures I posted on March 7th, 2009.

The images will be hung in the gallery available for viewing beginning Saturday June 27, 2009 at 11am. At which time there will be a party for all museum entrants. The show will be up until September 13th, 2009. The Best of Nature Contest accepted image
Photograph that will be displayed at the Ordover Gallery.

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I had the pleasure of photographing some beautiful raptors at an event called Hawk Watch. This is an event the Wildlife Research Institute puts on during a couple months of the year. It is located in the grasslands of Ramona California. They have everything from Golden Eagles, to Wintering Ferruginous Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons and Red-Shouldered Hawks. We even saw two juvenile Bald Eagles.

The idea behind this event that the Wildlife Research Institute puts on is to educate the public on the importance of the Ramona Grassland ecosystem to these raptors. They capture a few hawks in the morning so that they can band them (which for conservation efforts they do on a regular basis) after which they are released. The difference is they show the attendees the process of banding these birds and allow people to get an up close and personal look at these magnificent birds of prey.

These are some of the images I captured during this event

Red Tailed Hawk

This is one of the beautiful Red Tailed Hawks that was banded and released. I like the way his slightly out of focus wing creates a backdrop for his face and body.

Red Tailed Hawk Photograph

This Red Tailed Hawk was spreading its wings after being let out of its holding area before being tagged and released.

Portrait of a Red Tailed Hawk

I love this portrait of this Red Tailed Hawk. It’s very rare you can get so up close and personal with these birds.

Red Shouldered Hawk in Flight

We traveled to the location where the Red-Shouldered Hawk was to be released. Approaching the hawk’s home with the biologist, the anticipation and excitement grew. I knew the release of this bird was going to happen fast and I needed to have all of my senses and tracking skills sharp. I would only have one shot to capture this beautiful raptor in flight. A little bit of skill and a little bit of luck resulted in the capture of the image above. Shortly after this photo was taken the bird returned to it’s mate.

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