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Friday, December 30, 2011

THE TOP TEN BLUE LION PHOTOS OF 2011 - Post 5 of 6



NUMBER 2: “FOCUS” 



The second most viewed Blue Lion Photo of 2011 was taken in Awendaw, South Carolina at one of my favorite places. The Center for Birds of Prey is an amazing organization that has rehabilitated close to 6000 raptors over the past 20 years as well as providing the Charleston, South Carolina area a world-class educational facility supporting these impressive birds.

“Focus” features a Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) which is an eagle that is found throughout African and Southern Asia. It is primarily a carrion feeder, although it will also take small reptiles and mammals up to rabbit size. Thankfully, Tawny Eagles are not threatened, and are rated as a “Least Concern” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Please return tomorrow to view the Final installment of this series where I will share the most popular Blue Lion Photo of 2011!

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5 comments:

  1. There's a birds of prey center in southern Alberta, also, and many raptors are rehabilitated annually.
    This is a fabulous shot. How did an African/Asian eagle come to be in the southern US?
    Happy New Year, John!
    K

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  2. Kay,
    The Center acquires a number of birds each year through swaps with other raptor centers and also from private breeders who have birds born in captivity and human raised for educational purposes. I do not know the precise history of this particular Tawny eagle, but I assume it came through the private breeder route.

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  3. Fabulous close-up capture of a most beautiful raptor!

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  4. You have amazing photos, my friend. They are all "top" photos!

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