On May 25th, Tess, Donna and I went to the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas for Photo Day. Once a year they have a photo day. The cost is $20/person for a morning to shoot their raptors. They limit the number of photographers so it makes it a fun day out to be able to get up close to these beautiful birds. They go out of their way to present their birds in a natural setting. If the birds show any sign of stress they immediately remove them from the situation. So many people in North Texas have learned about raptors through their efforts.
This is the third year I have gone to shoot the raptors. Last year Tess joined me and we were eaten alive by chiggers! I personally counted 200 bites and at that point I stopped counting as there were more than that. Needless to say, this year we sprayed ourselves in hopes of avoiding more bites.
We met Mary, a friend from Capture Dallas at the shoot and then we all went to the Cheesecake Factory in Allen for lunch. It was a delightful day out and we took way too many photos. I took over 900! Yikes… my computer is groaning! Obviously not all of them are keepers but you never know when shooting birds if you got the shot or not.
Hope some of you can go next year. It is a fun day out and an opportunity to shoot birds close up. To obtain shots like this of birds in the wild would be extremely difficult and we thank the employees and volunteers for making this possible.