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raptor: vaspider: shaaknaa: emi–rose: osberend: iopele: suspendnodisbelief: naamahdarling: optimysticals: youwantmuchmore: thebestoftumbling: golden eagle having a relaxing time This is the world’s largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed. I feel like this is the next step up on “loose your fingers” roulette from petting a kittie’s tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion. Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks?  Because I want it to be happy.  It looks so happy.  Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy. Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It’s the “I am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me” sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn’t an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer’s gauntlet, I’ve known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don’t try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she’s been human-imprinted. If you’re ever unsure about an animal’s level of okayness with something that’s happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it: 1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting) 2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal’s frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer) 3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.) In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren’t a universally applicable metric, but they’re a good start for mammal and bird interactions. Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin’ birb is happy and cozy. Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It’s definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the “runts” of the nest who don’t receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting work into conserving it and its winged wonders. reblogged for excellent info, I’m so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks! Today’s bit of positive activism: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub. @marywhal is bird-cat!! @vaspider birb
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golden eagle having a relaxing time



This is the world’s largest flying Engine of Murder marveling at the fact that it can actually have its tummy rubbed.

I feel like this is the next step up on “loose your fingers” roulette from petting a kittie’s tummy, but just below belly rubs for say a lion.

Can someone who knows birds better than I do tell me whether this eagle is as happy as it looks?  Because I want it to be happy.  It looks so happy.  Bewildered by having a friend, but so happy.

Just popping on this thread to confirm: yes, the eagle is happy about the belly rubs. Golden eagles make this sound when receiving allopreening and similar affectionate and soothing treatment from their parents and mates. It’s the “I am safe and well fed, and somebody familiar is taking good care of me” sound. Angry raptors and wounded raptors make some pretty dramatic hisses and shrieks; frightened raptors go dead silent and try to hide if they can, or fluff up big and get loud and in-your-face if hiding isn’t an option. They can easily sever a finger or break the bones of a human hand or wrist, and even with a very thick leather falconer’s gauntlet, I’ve known falconers to leave a mews (hawk house) with graphic punctures THROUGH the gauntlet into the meat of their hands and arms, just from buteos and kestrels way smaller than this eagle. A pissed off hawk will make damn sure you don’t try twice whatever you pulled that pissed her off, even if she’s been human-imprinted.
If you’re ever unsure about an animal’s level of okayness with something that’s happening, there are three spot-check questions you can ask, to common-sense your way through it:
1. Is the animal capable of defending itself or making a threatening or fearful display, or otherwise giving protest, and if so, is it using this ability? (e.g. dog snarling or biting, swan hissing, horse kicking or biting) 2. Does the animal experience an incentive-based relationship with the human? (i.e. does the animal have a reason, in the animal’s frame of reference, for being near this human? e.g. dog sharing companionship / food / shelter, hawk receiving good quality abundant food and shelter and medical care from a falconer)
3. Is the animal a domesticated species, with at least a full century of consistent species cohabitation with humans? (Domesticated animals frequently are conditioned from birth or by selective breeding to be unbothered by human actions that upset their feral nearest relatives.)
In this situation, YES the eagle can self-defend, YES the eagle has incentive to cooperate with and trust the human handler, and NO the eagle is not a domesticated species, meaning we can expect a high level of reactivity to distress, compared to domestic animals: if the eagle was distressed, it would be pretty visible and apparent to the viewer. These aren’t a universally applicable metric, but they’re a good start for mammal and bird interactions.
Pair that with the knowledge that eagles reserve those chirps for calm environments, and you can be pretty secure and comfy in the knowledge that the big honkin’ birb is happy and cozy.
Also, to anybody wondering, falconers are almost single-handedly responsible for the recovery from near-extinction of several raptor species, including and especially peregrine falcons. Most hawks only live with the falconer for a year, and most of that year is spent getting the bird in ideal condition for survival and success as a wild breeding adult. Falconers are extensively trained and dedicated wildlife conservationists, pretty much by definition, especially in the continental USA, and they make up an unspeakably important part of the overall conservation of predatory bird species. Predatory birds are an important part of every ecosystem they inhabit. Just like apiarists and their bees, the relationship between falconer and hawk is one of great benefit to the animal and the ecosystem, in exchange for a huge amount of time, effort, expense, and education on the part of the human, for very little personal benefit to that one human. It’s definitely not exploitation of the bird, and most hawks working with falconers are hawks who absolutely would not have reached adulthood without human help: the sick, the injured, and the “runts” of the nest who don’t receive adequate resources from their own parents. These are, by and large, wonderful people who are in love with the natural world and putting a lifetime of knowledge and sheer exhausting work into conserving it and its winged wonders.

reblogged for excellent info, I’m so glad that big gorgeous birb really is as happy as it looks!

Today’s bit of positive activism: A reminder that, although the world may contain many bad and awful things, it also contains an enormous winged predator clucking happily as a human gives it a belly rub.


@marywhal is bird-cat!!


@vaspider 


birb

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raptor: Photographer Steve Biro was lucky enough to capture a remarkable symmetrical reflection of this beautiful Bald Eagle at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
raptor: Photographer Steve Biro was lucky enough to capture a remarkable symmetrical reflection of this beautiful Bald Eagle at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

Photographer Steve Biro was lucky enough to capture a remarkable symmetrical reflection of this beautiful Bald Eagle at the Canadian Rapt...

raptor: thenatsdorf: Great Horned Owl hooting. (via raptor_rehab_of_kentucky) [press play for audio]
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Great Horned Owl hooting. (via raptor_rehab_of_kentucky) [press play for audio]

thenatsdorf: Great Horned Owl hooting. (via raptor_rehab_of_kentucky) [press play for audio]

raptor: srsfunny: Raptor Skull And Brain Drawing
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Raptor Skull And Brain Drawing

srsfunny: Raptor Skull And Brain Drawing

raptor: Jamal Wilson A United States Air Force force F-22 Raptor soared high above the mountains near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Friday.
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A United States Air Force force F-22 Raptor soared high above the mountains near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Friday.

A United States Air Force force F-22 Raptor soared high above the mountains near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Friday.

raptor: purple-raptor:My friend and I made a raptor skeleton out of sand at the beach :
raptor: purple-raptor:My friend and I made a raptor skeleton out of sand at the beach :

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raptor: brucebannersbadmanners It occurred to me that the T-rex (we really need an official name for her) from the original Jurassic Park only killed one human in the movie, and it was that shitty lawyer who abandoned the kids anyway, so he had it coming. She wasn't in the second or third film as those took place on the other island. She was, however, in Jurassic World where (spoilers) she saved everyone's asses, JUST like she did at the end of the first film. So let's do a tally here. Humans Killed: 1 Humans Saved: 8 + 1 velociraptor In conclusion the T-rex is the real protagonist of the series thank you. raptorix Of course!! She was the pride and joy of the park. She probably had an audience when she hatched. She imprinted on people, not dinosaurs. Her whole life she was given her proteins handed to her, she has never had to really hunt to survive. She is like a captive-bred tiger. She probably had favorite human handlers. She could tell which humans were the nasty one Reframe the movie where Rexy (that's what l'm calling her) is just as scared as the humans that the power went out, that things were falling apart. She was exploring outside her habitat. She wanted to play with the jeeps. Maybe she wanted to help get the small human out of jeep? Be free, tiny humans! Come back, tiny humans! Don't fall off the cliff, tiny humans! The lawyer smelled bad. Rexy really disliked his smell. He tried to hide it on the toilet, but her nose easily found him. He didn't taste as good as goat, though. His stinky clothes gave her a stomach ache for days. Rexy tried to figure out where the humans went. She found them at the visitors center. And when she got there, a rude raptor wanted to pick a fight with her. No! Get off my bak. What is this thing falling on me??? Someone bring me a goat I'm hungry True Protagonist
raptor: brucebannersbadmanners
 It occurred to me that the T-rex (we really need an official
 name for her) from the original Jurassic Park only killed one
 human in the movie, and it was that shitty lawyer who
 abandoned the kids anyway, so he had it coming. She wasn't
 in the second or third film as those took place on the other
 island. She was, however, in Jurassic World where (spoilers)
 she saved everyone's asses, JUST like she did at the end of
 the first film. So let's do a tally here.
 Humans Killed: 1
 Humans Saved: 8 + 1 velociraptor
 In conclusion the T-rex is the real protagonist of the series
 thank you.
 raptorix
 Of course!!
 She was the pride and joy of the park. She probably had an
 audience when she hatched. She imprinted on people, not
 dinosaurs. Her whole life she was given her proteins handed
 to her, she has never had to really hunt to survive. She is like
 a captive-bred tiger. She probably had favorite human
 handlers. She could tell which humans were the nasty one
 Reframe the movie where Rexy (that's what l'm calling her) is
 just as scared as the humans that the power went out, that
 things were falling apart.
 She was exploring outside her habitat. She wanted to play
 with the jeeps. Maybe she wanted to help get the small
 human out of jeep? Be free, tiny humans! Come back, tiny
 humans! Don't fall off the cliff, tiny humans!
 The lawyer smelled bad. Rexy really disliked his smell. He
 tried to hide it on the toilet, but her nose easily found him. He
 didn't taste as good as goat, though. His stinky clothes gave
 her a stomach ache for days.
 Rexy tried to figure out where the humans went. She found
 them at the visitors center. And when she got there, a rude
 raptor wanted to pick a fight with her. No! Get off my bak.
 What is this thing falling on me??? Someone bring me a goat
 I'm hungry
True Protagonist

True Protagonist

raptor: The pygmy falcon is the smallest raptor on the African continent and it barely reaches 20 cm in length
raptor: The pygmy falcon is the smallest raptor on the African continent and it barely reaches 20 cm in length

The pygmy falcon is the smallest raptor on the African continent and it barely reaches 20 cm in length

raptor: purple-raptor: My friend and I made a raptor skeleton out of sand at the beach :
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My friend and I made a raptor skeleton out of sand at the beach :

purple-raptor: My friend and I made a raptor skeleton out of sand at the beach :