Thursday, November 09, 2006

Do You Think Paddling is for the Birds?


Road Hawk
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Oklahoma supports a wide assortment of interesting birds associated with the prairies and others associated with the western mountains. Some of the cool predator species found here include: Prairie Falcons, American Kestrels, Mississippi Kites, Swainson's Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, and Golden Eagles.

Since raptors are at the top of the food chain, observing them helps to identify environmental problems before such problems become a crisis. Also, I find them to be pretty darn photogenic. Watching the various birds of prey is one of the things that I really enjoy when paddling the Illinois River.

Seen any cool raptors lately?

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