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Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington, IL invited photographers from all over to view and photograph their owls and other birds of prey last weekend.  They had each bird in a natural setting outside with a handler to help keep the birds calm.  All of the birds were used to people and cameras and were well-prepared to handle the hordes of photographers that descended upon the nature center.

Photographers © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Photographers
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

 

The opportunity was only open for an hour and a half, late in the afternoon, to catch the warm light and nice shadows.  Fortunately, there was some sun for at least part of the time and it was actually above freezing.  These are birds that are unable to be released back into the wild and this opportunity was used to raise funds for their care.  In that respect, I was glad that it was crowded.  Here are the results of my trip-enjoy!

Screech Owls

Eastern screech owl-gray © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Eastern screech owl-gray
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Eastern screech owl-red © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Eastern screech owl-red
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Broad-winged Hawk

Great Horned Owl

Peregrine Falcon

Barn Owl

Barn owl © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Barn owl
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Barred Owl

Snowy Owl

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