Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Rare Gyrfalcon Flies Free

Those of you who guessed that the bird in yesterday's photo was a gyrfalcon were correct. Gyrfalcons are pretty rare and I was lucky to get the opportunity to photograph one last week. This was a lifer for me. Here is the bird as it flew free after being released. I will have more pictures, a fun story and some more info about gyrfalcons in a larger post tomorrow.

20 comments:

Chris said...

Hi,
Superb!! We do have them here but we rarely see them around Reykjavik...

Squirrel said...

WOW. You are lucky!

sixstars said...

Great shot. I haven't seen this bird before it looks like the top predator in the skies.

Grace Olsson said...

oh my God....never have seen ...congrats...great shot

the shots in moviment(panning) are not easy to taken..congras

http://graceolsson.com/blog/2009/10/the-capital-of-sweden-at-skywatchfriday/

Eric said...

WOW, love the action in this picture, great moment to catch this falcon, well done!!!

Have a great SWF!

Eric, Holland

Elisabeth said...

Excellent!

Vicky said...

Nice shot, quite sharp for a flying bird!!!!!

Pearl Maple said...

Well done, nothing better to frame your view of the sky with than a beautiful bird flying free. My family are all into wildlife rescue and we have all kinds of big birds visiting from time to time, always a special day when they get released to do what they enjoy most, flying free.

LV said...

I enjoyed your pictures of a strange bird to me. You did a really nice job.

Eaglesbrother said...

You sure got my attention today...I love Hawks,Eagles,and Falcons.
Wonderful capture.

Eaglesbrother

Maya said...

What a beautiful bird and great capture

Martha Z said...

Wonderful!

J Bar said...

Great capture.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful bird and congrats on your lifer. Cool photo!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great action shots.

Maria said...

That was GREAT to see tonight!
What a magnificent bird!

P-TER said...

Great action picture ! ! !
Gr.
P-TER

clairz said...

Thank you for letting us share in the moment.

Martha in PA said...

Fabulous!

My Skywatch Friday

dhemz said...

oh my...bravo! great shot.....

it is my first time....here is mine:

http://demcyapdiandias.blogspot.com/2009/10/skywatch-friday.html