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My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house. My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house.

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Pileated Woodpecker pair in the front yard. New photos nearly every day on our Blog page!

Things are always hopping at the Raptors of the Rockies organization. We're taking care of the birds and maintaining their enclosures, we're conducting raptor programs at local schools and organizations across Western Montana, art is flying out of the studio, we're taking photos and shooting video, we're out in the field birding and/or doing research, and much, much more.

To help you keep up with the flurry of activities happening at Raptors of the Rockies, we're blogging on a more-or-less daily basis and our most recent posts are listed below. Enjoy!

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Posted: Fri, 17 Nov 2017

Back from RRF
Posted: Thu, 16 Nov 2017
Made it home safe and sound from the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Salt Lake and what fun, with 300 attendees, I swear 1/3rd were students. Great hope for the future of research and this fine organization. Banquet night and student award winners, including long-time friend Tempe Regan on the left. She told me she saw a Raptors of the Rockies assembly when she was a kid. “You came to my school in Superior, Montana when I was 9 years old. I remember you standing there with a bird on your arm and being in awe and thinking I want to do that!"  Yep, Feb. 21st 1996, ad her second such award from RRF, her first in 2015!

Off To RRF
Posted: Mon, 06 Nov 2017
The highlight of the year since my first conference in 2004 has been the Raptor Research Foundation annual gathering, leaving tomorrow for Salt Lake City. This time the hosts are heroes HawkWatch International and I'll be photographing the events, attending the scientific program, and helping Nick Dunlop out with the photography competition. I presented at that first meeting in Bakersfield, which was in conjunction with the California Hawking Club. I'll never forget the last question at the desk when I arrived, "Will you be checking in with a hawk?" I was hooked.
I am entering this shot of Sib standing on my buddy Dale Simmon's head in the humor category of the contest. Cracks me up - she had knocked a pheasant down there somewhere.

More of the Caddys
Posted: Sun, 05 Nov 2017
At the shooting range at Michael DeNeve's (thanks Mike!) then down to the river and the eagle nest, Adrian and son Alex, our pals since 2002.

Posted: Sat, 04 Nov 2017

Just Hitting the Stands...
Posted: Fri, 03 Nov 2017
...and mailboxes! I have the cover, inside spread, and four other photos story by Julie Lue, also of Florence. "Our" nest on the Bitterroot River, 55,000 copies printed and sent across the country. Montana Outdoors editor Luke Duran reports that 60% are mailed out of state, cool.

Simon's First School
Posted: Wed, 01 Nov 2017
This was even more earth-shattering as we had a special guest sitting here in the front row. Our young Great Horned Owl is named for a dear friend that was killed in a terrible motorcycle accident right when the baby bird arrived at his new home. Simon's brother Alex was visiting from Britain and perfect timing for him to see avian Simon the Owl dazzle the kids. And our best buds Vern Argo and Kristen Wood in the Grizzly football wear there in front as well. It was quite the experience, emotional for many of us and glad to have Alex back in the Big Sky.

Saturday Chase
Posted: Mon, 30 Oct 2017
I thought the Ospreys were long gone, but this one flew by Saturday evening, chased by a youngish Bald Eagle! Glad I had the "little" camera handy, 400 mm on the Nikon D810.

Sunday Flights
Posted: Mon, 30 Oct 2017
Sib flew around and grabbed a few ducks that got away, half-heartedly hunting. Fine with me as I would have gotten soaked wading across a muddy slough to retrieve them. Then a magpie posed and flew in the last shot. Our hunt was cut short when huge winds kicked in mid-afternoon. Fun!

Colorful Day
Posted: Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Sibley the Peregrine cruised around the field and slough at my friends Mike and Ginny DeNeve's, then decided she was ready to go home and perched , view of the Kootenai Crags and golden larch trees in the Bitterroots. The aspen trees went from bright yellow to gone in two days, skipping the bright red stage this year. A glorious fall day today!
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