Sometimes just the right situation presents itself and a photograph is born. I was at my neighborhood shopping center, a small cluster of stores around a central plaza, when I spied a gentleman giving a demonstration with several large birds. Now these weren’t just any bird, they were raptors! Glorious powerful creatures that demand your attention. The handler was from the Santa Fe Raptor Center, a sanctuary that rescues injured birds, helps them through rehabilitation and finally releases them back to their natural habitat. That day the handler had brought a red-tailed hawk, a golden eagle and a little burrowing owl as part of their community outreach program. I jumped into my car, raced home for my camera and was back in time to snap several photographs of raptors up close and personal.