Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines, CA

Peregrine Falcon juvenile

Peregrine Falcon juvenile

 

Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing

 

Peregrine takeoff

Peregrine takeoff

 

Peregrine in flight

Peregrine in flight

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Peregrines flight practice

Peregrines flight practice

Peregrines in flight

Peregrines in flight

The 2 surviving juvenile Peregrine falcons having left the nest last Sat are now flying above the cliffs at Torrey Pines St park near LaJolla, CA. The parents are feeding the young birds until they can catch their prey by themselves. The aerial “mock battles” prepare them for catching their own prey and improve flight skills. Peregrines have been clocked at 240 mph in a dive and are the fastest animal or bird on earth.

Western Wood Pewee and Black-throated Magpie-Jay

The Western Wood Pewee sits on a branch and catches flies and small insects. They will usually return to the same branch over and over so you can anticipate the landing.
The Black-throated Magpie-Jay is only found in a very limited area in the s part of San Diego Co in the Tijuana river valley in the US and into Mexico. It has only recently been recorded as breeding in the US. It has an extremely long tail and is very showy. One landed on the mirror on my van and pecked at its reflection.

Black-throated Magpie- Jay

Black-throated Magpie- Jay

Black-throated Magpie- Jay

Black-throated Magpie- Jay

 

Western Wood Pewee

Western Wood Pewee

 

Western Wood Pewee

Western Wood Pewee

Vermilion Flycatchers

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher


Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher


Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher


Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher at San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Feb 4. There were 2 males and possibly a female but I wasn’t able to photograph the female. They repeatedly fly from a perch to catch small insects and if you approach slowly enough it is possible to get fairly close. I used a 400 mm 5.6 Canon lens on a Canon 7d.

Bald Eagles and a Golden at San Jacinto Wildlife

Bald Eagle at San Jacinto

Bald Eagle at San Jacinto

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagles

Juvenile Bald Eagles

Golden Eagles

Juve Bald Eagles

Golden Eagles

Juve Bald Eagles

Golden Eagles Fight

Juve Bald Eagles Fight

 

An Adult Bald Eagle at San Jacinto Wildlife Area past the far NE ponds. Last year there were several immature Eagles but this my first time for an adult.
The Juvenile Bald Eagles were flying over the first pond near the entrance and either fighting or just doing their acrobatic exercises. The Golden on the phone pole was by the Duck Club road.

Golden Eagles

Golden Eagle Landing

Golden Eagle Landing


Golden Eagle Takeoff

Golden Eagle Takeoff


Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

I managed to get fairly close to 2 Golden Eagles taking off and landing on a rock at San Jacinto Wildlife area. They usually takeoff as soon as they see you but I was able to get closer by being hidden by a steep hill. These are probably within a year or two of maturity with still some white blotches.

Kestral, Golden Eagle, W Meadowlark, Killdeer

Kestral

Kestral

 

Kestral

Kestral

 

Kestral

Kestral

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle (juvenile)

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

W Meadowlark

W Meadowlark

Killdeer

Killdeer

 

 

I went to San Jacinto Wildlife Area yesterday and got these photos. The Vermillion Flycatcher from 2 weeks ago was not around but I managed to get this Kestral taking off from a branch to catch insects on the ground. They are a small falcon and can catch birds but also lots of dragonflies, grasshoppers, and other insects. After searching most of the day I saw a Golden Eagle (immature) on a distant phone pole. After watching for a few minutes he took off and flew overhead fairly close. This was on the Duck Club Road south of the main area.
The Meadowlark and Killdeer were at a shallow pond feeding along the edge. Although not rare this was about as close as I have been able to get.

Vermilion Flycatcher at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

I photographed the first male Vermilion Flycatcher of the season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside Co, CA. It was near the path between ponds C1 and B1 flying between Willow Trees.
When I saw it repeatedly landing on a sign I placed a branch above the sign so that it would land on the branch and look more natural. Then I waited until it got close to the branch and fired multiple shots. It is better to focus on the branch tip and then switch to manual focus. If you leave it on autofocus the camera might focus on the background instead of the bird.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher