What's the most popular bird in the United States? Well if you guessed Bald Eagle - you'd be right. But what about the second most popular bird? Believe it or not it is the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus).
This image is titled "Fire Mist Sans Flight" and is based on my most famous photo called "Cranes in the Fire Mist." It features a flock of sandhill cranes, Ross' geese and snow geese at the Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico.
The black skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Whether it's music, the written word or our national symbol, the eagle is a much beloved figure in popular culture.
This sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) is flying through a sunset at Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
The Verreaux's eagle-owl (Bubo lacteus) also called a Milky-Eagle Owl is the largest owl in Africa with a wingspan of up to 6.5 feet (2 meters). They are arguably the most impressive bird of prey on the African Continent.
Based on response I get to this podcast and to my bird photography, it's safe to say that people love raptors and particularly owls. (One exception is on the African Continent where most people think they are evil - but that's another podcast.)
This great egret (Ardea alba) is flying over the skies of Florida. This bird happens to be in breeding plumage. I used a slower shutter speed to convey motion since the bird was in flight.
Bird Introductions - Pyrrhuloxia
The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is a successful hunter. Early naturalists called these owls "winged tigers" because of their ferocity. While rare, a great horned owl can occasionally catch and kill even a peregrine falcon! When clenched, a Great Horned Owl’s strong talons require a force of 28 pounds to open. The owls use this deadly grip to sever the spine of large prey.