The Cascades Raptor Center is a Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital for birds of prey in Eugene, Oregon. Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, CRC fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. We visited in the spring of 2006 and I was fortunate enough to capture this image while she sat on her handler’s arm. This is among the earliest of my Prime Images and was shot with my first dSLR, then Nikon D50. I was still early in my learning process and the equipment was not as good as it would become, but I shot with the widest available aperture and was careful with the background to give a sense that the image was captured in a more natural environment.
Lorax was found April 4th of 2005 in Pendleton, Oregon. She was only about three weeks old and had suffered multiple fractures in her right wing in a fall from her nest. She is glove trained and well adapted to captivity because of the young age at which she sustained her injuries.
Get out and shoot with the tools that you have at your disposal! Every shooting session is a chance to learn and every mistake presents the opportunity for improvement. If you have an opportunity to visit the CRC take it, it is a hidden gem!
- Raw image with Nikon D50 @ 400 ISO
- Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens @ 300mm
- 1/400 of a second @ ƒ/5.7
- Sunday, March 5, 2006 @ 12:46
- Cascades Raptor Center, Eugene, Oregon, USA