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  • But I considered it a privilege on a beautiful spring morning to walk through the still-sleeping zoo, past the birds-of-prey area—golden and bald eagles, condors and a snowy owl who examined us as if we had a screw loose.

    Deep in a Dutchess Fen

  • While Whitehead did not entirely abandon filmmaking in the 1970s, making a Led Zepplin concert-pic in 1970, Daddy in 1972, and Fire in the Water in 1977, the passion of his past three and a half decades has largely been devoted to majestic birds-of-prey.

    Letter to America

  • Inventing a need for themselves is something of a tradition among mercenary birds-of-prey who somehow get us to stay still while they, all beak and talon, swoop down on our treasuries, our health, and our morality.

    Glenn W. Smith: A Very Blackwater Thanksgiving: Profiteers Are Wrecking Our Health and Destroying Our Security

  • Ultrasonic alarm calls might be beneficial because many of the birds-of-prey that catch and eat squirrels cannot hear them.

    Boing Boing: July 25, 2004 - July 31, 2004 Archives

  • The other cruisers and all four visible birds-of-prey were hit as a shot struck the Enterprise.

    A Time to Kill

  • Four birds-of-prey were at station between the six larger battle cruisers and fast-attack frigates, all of which remained respectfully—if barely—aft of the Federation flagship.

    A Time to Kill

  • Among birds-of-prey, where also the female form is larger and stronger than the male, the psychic differences seem very small.

    Woman and Labour

  • Cloaks aboard the obsolete D-12 series of Klingon birds-of-prey contained defective plasma coils that could be triggered by a low-level ionic pulse.

    The Starfleet Survival Guide

  • In and out of that cloud, the rakish and deadly shapes of Grand Fleet shuttles could be seen all day, ferrying troops and equipment up to the birds-of-prey, the great starships presently in orbit.

    RIHANNSU #3: SWORDHUNT

  • Indian farmers grow sunflowers and build perches to encourage owls and birds-of-prey to perch in their fields and eat rodents.

    8: Plant protection and pest control

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