Monthly Archives: April 2010

Annual Blessing of the Inlet

The Annual Blessing of the Inlet will be held this Saturday, 1 May, at the Belin United Methodist Church. Inlet Images will have a booth there and am looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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Your Favorite Photographer On Exhibit!

The Rice Museum will present an exhibition of work by members of the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association from Saturday, 24 April, through Saturday, 22 May, in the Prevost Gallery.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 2:00 until 4:00 pm on Saturday, 24 April.  The public is invited to attend the reception and meet the artists.

Photographers participating in this exhibition include Kim Jones, Sean Thompson, Sandra Anderson, Anne Baldwin, Maria Delaney, Pat Walsh, Jimmy Gordy, Bill Barber, Mark Hilliard, Clarke Hayes, Bonnie Eaglin, Ron Eaglin, Terri Eddinger, Terry Shoemaker, Diana Johnson, Jeff Lobaugh, Jolyn Kuhn, Rich Kuhn, and Patricia T Candal. 

The exhibition will continue through May 22 during regular gallery hours of 10:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 until 4:00 on Sunday.  There is no charge to view the exhibit.

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Birds of Prey – Steppe Eagle

The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a large bird of prey. It is about 62-74 cm in length and has a wingspan of 165-190cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis[citation needed] indicates that these birds are not even each other’s closest relatives.

The Steppe Eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1-3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree.

Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah.

This is a large eagle with brown upperparts and blackish flight feathers and tail. This species is larger and darker than the Tawny Eagle, and it has a pale throat which is lacking in that species.

Immature birds are less contrasted than adults, but both show a range of variation in plumage colour. The eastern race A. n. nipalensis is larger and darker than the European and Central Asian A. n. orientalis.

The Steppe Eagle’s diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a rabbit, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors.

The call of the Steppe Eagle is a crow-like barking, but it is rather a silent bird except in display.

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Spectacled Owl

Here is another beautiful owl we saw at the Birds of Prey exhibit. It is a Spectacled Owl, mostly found in southern Mexico, Central America, Northern two-thirds of South America.

Spectacled Owls are dark brown with a whitish to yellow-ochre belly, a white patch on the front of the neck and a dark brown belt across the breast. White “spectacles” around their yellow eyes give them their name.
A juvenile has the adult markings in reverse – a white head with black mask, and may take several years from hatching to attain full adult plumage.  An unsociable bird. Generally nocturnal, with activity normally begining after dusk and continuing to dawn. Roosts singly by day in trees with dense foliage. Most vocal on calm, moonlit nights.

Spectacled Owls eat small mammals including mice and the occasional possum or skunk, insects, spiders, many Caterpillars, bats, birds up to the size of Jays, crabs and frogs.
They use a branch to perch on and scan the surrounding area. When prey is located, they drop with a swift pounce. Insects are snatched from foliage.

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