My first wildlife photo session

On Sunday May 19 of this year, I had the joy of going on my first wildlife photo session at the Ohio Nature Education Center located at 10380 Fairview Rd, Neward, Oh 43056. O.N.E., is a private non-profit volunteer organization which provides a home for wild animals that can no longer live in the wild. The organization provides education to communities. I paid $50 for this 3 hour session and the proceeds went to food for the animals. It was more than worth it and I look forward to doing it again. Animals were presented for different levels of photographers. The animals posed with experience and they gave me the opportunity to see just how beautiful they are. Along with taking over 700 photos, I also learned a bit about each animal. Take interest in this wonderful organization. Please contact O.N.E at 740-323-0520. Enjoy my photos and by all means, make comments or ask questions.

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Taking photos of this guy will be a “snap”, right?  I knew I didn’t want just any turtle photo so I sprawled out in the damp grass and waited while adjusting my setting to continuous frame mode.  You think turtles are slow but this guy, for one thing, didn’t want to stay put on the log.  And so he climbed down and away he went!  His little legs moving him right along!  I was lucky enough to catch him yawning.  To me, when I look at this photo, it makes me happy because in my eyes, he’s laughing.

Scarlet Red Tailed Hawk

Scarlet, the Red Tailed Hawk.  What a beautiful sight!  She was perched on the fence post all proud and serious.  My camera couldn’t stop taking photos of her.  You will see a few different shots of her.  She was happy to pose for everyone.  If you stood 5 feet from her like I did, you would be in spectacular awe.

Scarlet

Scarlet

Scarlets Wings

Mrs. Manon, the lady who heads up and does so much for the organization, would hold Scarlet up and ease her down, causing her wings to span out.  It was amazing to everyone there.   Mrs. Manon’s arms grew tired.

Rusty Red Phased Screech

Rusty, the Red Phased Screech Owl was a little intense guy.  It took me a bit to get him to look at the lens.  Something on his left kept catching his eye.  After a time, Rusty became a little uneasy and he let his handler know it.  I did manage to shoot off continuously.  The intensity of owls eyes fascinates me and I understand why their eyesight is so powerful.

Rusty

Rusty

Falco

What a beautiful, colorful bird.  This is Falco, a Kestrel/Falcon.  Falco sat so pretty, ready for everyone’s camera.

Falco Kestrel Falcon

Falco with a beautiful wingspan just for the cameras.  A bird with experience.  Falco worked it!

Raleigh Barred Owl

Raleigh, a Barred Owl was quite a character posing on his tree branch.   All of us photographers were thinking of ways to catch his intense stare by stomping our foot on the ground.  And we also came up with interesting angles as some of us laid under him, pointing our lenses up towards him…without rousing him up.  There’s nothing like the feeling of an owl looking down on you.  It’s somewhat spooky and gentle at the same time.

Raleigh

Raleigh looks out and beyond while I lay beneath his sight.

Otis

Otis, the Grey Phased Screech Owl couldn’t get enough shots from me.  He seems intense and powerful on his tree branch even though he’s a little guy.  Catching his eye was something us photographers longed for and stamping our feet certainly got his attention.  A few times, my lens caught his second eye lid.  He mesmerized us all.  Such an incredible bird!

Otis Grey Screech Owl

Otis

Hibou Great Horned Owl

Hibou, the Great Horned Owl was my first bird in the session.  At first, I moved slow and adjusted my lens.  The incredible presence of Hibou left me wanting to just be silent and watch.  Forget the camera.  I felt a peacefulness standing there until I remembered why I was there.  Hibou was aware of everything and everyone.  And the closer I could be, the more of Hibou’s intense stare I got.  These animals are breathtaking.

Hibou

Hibou

I want to encourage everyone who has viewed these photos and read the captions to take interest in this organization.  It does so much good and gives so much.  Please visit or call O.N.E.  Donate to this organization.  It is worth your money and worth their time.

All of my photos are available for purchase and you may also enjoy all of the photos taken on my flickr page.  Please share your interest and ideas with me.

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