c_losc While out photographing around various farms in Utah I found this Swainsons Hawk hunting from this perch. Swainsons Hawks migrate to Argentina every Winter. *******************************
Title- "Want to Tango?"
Gear- Canon 5D Mark II
Lens- Canon 100-400mm
Expo- F/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 800
Place: Spanish Fork, Utah ********************************
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c_losc Salt Lake City Utah. Temple Square at Sunrise just before winter. 4d

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c_losc Oh the pain these Eagle talons would inflict. 5d

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c_losc An American Avocet in almost full transition into winter plumage stretches as it feeds on the shore of Utah Lake during its migration. Millions of birds migrate through Utah each year and I love the key and critical role my state plays in the lives and survival of all these species. Our large bodies of water provide a much needed resting and refueling stop as birds migrate North and South. 6d

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c_losc Blending in so perfectly. A Short-tailed Weasel dashes through the snow. 1w

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c_losc Helliar Holm Lighthouse on the coast of Shapinsay in Orkney, Scotland. Built in 1893 and automated in 1967 it sits on an island and on occasion when the tide is very low you can walk to it from the mainland. 1w

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c_losc A Bald Eagle takes flight after a meal. Even though the head can't be seen this is one of my favorite images I have taken of an eagle about to take flight. It looks powerful and angelic in a way. While I may not always have time to thank each of you for your support, please know that I read and appreciate all of your comments. Thank you for all the kind words and likes that each of you leave me. Enjoy your Sunday!! 1w

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c_losc Wild and Free- A Bald Eagle who calls my neighborhood home every winter lays claim on a deer carcass. 2w

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c_losc Portrait of an American Kestrel. My favorite thing about Kestrels is how happy they seem to be when they are eating. They move their tail up and down the entire time which to me is the equivalent of my dog wagging its tail. Cool little Falcons! 2w

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c_losc A pair of American Kestrels, probably siblings hunt and stash food in a snowy field in Logan Utah. The heavy snow provided a beautiful backdrop for this colorful falcon. Watching this pair of fearless Kestrels hunt and store food was one of the best experiences I have had observing these birds. 2w

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c_losc A Ferruginous Hawk stares me down as it flies past me. Unlike many other Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks can often be seen resting on the ground usually blending in perfectly. 2w

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c_losc Rough-legged Hawks visit us during winter months from the very far north. They live and breed in the Arctic Tundra. 2w

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c_losc I think he thinks if he hides behind those branches and doesn't make eye contact I won't see him . Northern Pygmy Owl's are now starting to pair up and hopefully this is the year I find a nest. 2w

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c_losc North America's largest hawk, the Ferruginous Hawk can be found in Utah's open country. Often hunting from a light pole or lone tree its diet mostly consists of small mammals but it will try to eat anything including a Barn Owl if it's starving, I have seen it happen. 2w

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c_losc A male American Kestrel perches on cattails just before sunset. It was so content having just devoured two mice on a very cold evening. 3w

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c_losc My favorite part about winter is the mountain birds I get to photograph in the snow. Nothing beats a colorful bird in the frozen mountains. This is a Steller's Jay I photographed not far from my home. 3w

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c_losc As close as I have ever been to a wild Bald Eagle. They are truly incredible birds of prey. 3w

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c_losc Northern Pygmy Owl photographed in Northern Utah. 3w

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c_losc Last year was a rough year for Bald Eagles in Utah. Our state typically gets 1200 eagles that winter here and last year we had about 50 eagles die from West Nile Virus. It took researchers a long while to figure out what was killing the eagles but it was found that they had been feeding on dead grebes that had contracted the virus. We get hundreds of thousands of grebes that stop over during migration and unfortunately some died of West Nile and also ended up killing a large number of Bald Eagles. This year seems to be a good year and so far so good and the number of eagles is very strong. 4w

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