Raptor Photography in Orange County NY

For the 2nd year in a row on New Year’s Day I’ve headed up to the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR in Orange County NY to attempt to photograph a variety of hawks and owls.  You never know what kind of success you’re going to have when you head out for a day of shooting, so whenever you cross state lines it becomes more of an adventure.  The habitat in this area is mainly farmlands and open grass space.  The main target here for us are Short Eared Owls.  Usually only coming out from roosting to hunt at dusk they aren’t an easy species to photograph.  So you just head there and hope that they will come out a bit earlier the day you’re there.  After no luck with them on Friday we took the trip again on Saturday and got a few end of the day distant opportunities.  So they still remain high on my most wanted list.  Here’s some shots from the weekend, including Short Eared Owl, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and even some Deer that were in the fields there.

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