Archive for February 22nd, 2015

Broken Birds

A licensed bird rescuer gave a talk before a showing of Pelican Dreams in Rhinebck and presented some of her patients…

A Red Tailed Hawk with a broken left wing, just out of its bandage:

Red Tailed Hawk - in hand

Red Tailed Hawk – in hand

A Barred Owl who, despite having a left eye that no longer dilates, rapidly acquired weapons lock on my camera’s focus assist light:

Barred owl - eye contact

Barred owl – eye contact

And a pair of insanely cute Screech Owls, both with eye damage, atop their padded perch:

Screech Owls - on stand

Screech Owls – on stand

Most of her patients arrive after collisions with automobiles; it seems carnivorous birds don’t look both ways before pouncing on prey near the roadside.

Contrary to her impassioned claims, however, wind turbines kill essentially zero birds, at least compared to windows, HV power lines, and cats. Some reports with actual numbers that, obviously, won’t convince anybody who already knows what the results should be:

Low light, no flash, long zoom, handheld, good-looking subjects.

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