In Raptors: Portraits of Birds of Prey, a new book of images by Rhode Island-based photographer Traer Scott, sharp-taloned birds get the star treatment. The book is devoted to dramatic portraits of birds that many of us rarely get to see in the wild, and almost never up close. Scott—an animal photographer who has previously devoted whole books to shelter dogs, baby animals, and wild horses—photographed birds at wildlife rehabilitation centers like Horizon Wings in Connecticut and the Carolina Raptor Center near Charlotte, North Carolina. During her time working on the book, she encountered bald eagles, vultures, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey, taking studio portraits of them that highlight their every feather.
“Raptors are without fail among the most enigmatic and powerful creatures in the animal kingdom,” Scott writes. “They are uniquely graceful and intelligent, fluid and fierce. They deserve our fascination, respect, and reverence.”
Here are just a few of the birds featured in the book.