Peregrine Falcons

The Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines, San Diego have just fledged 4 chicks and are flying. The young falcons are practicing their aerial skills at transferring food in mid-air and catching prey on the wing at speeds over 200 miles per hour! Peregrines are literally the fasted bird or animal on earth at approx 260 mph in a dive. The young only stay around for about a month after fledging and learn to find prey on their own. They then find their own territories away from their parents.

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Larry

3 peregrines on branch

3 peregrines on branch


juvenile peregrines

juvenile peregrines


Peregrines aerial

Peregrines aerial


peregrines on branch

peregrines on branch

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine young flying

Peregrine young flying


Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Takeoff


peregrine Falcon young

peregrine Falcon young


Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing


Peregrine in Flight

Peregrine in Flight


Peregrine with plane

Peregrine with plane in background(not photoshop)


Peregrine full tail feathers

Peregrine full tail feathers


Peregrine landing on yucca

Peregrine landing on yucca

Peregrines at Coast

Peregrines at Coast

Peregrines in flight

Peregrines in flight

Peregrine chicks

Peregrine chicks

Puffins and Swans

Puffin with flowers

Puffin with flowers

Puffins mating

Puffins mating

Puffin at burrow

Puffin at burrow

Puffin Landing

Puffin Landing

Puffin Landing

Puffin Landing

Puffins on cliff

Puffins on cliff

Puffins on cliff

Puffins on cliff

Swans and cygnets

Swans and cygnets

We traveled to England to the Farne Islands off the NE coast of England about 1 1/2 hrs from Edinburgh, Scotland to photograph Puffins. This is one of the few places that you can actually get fairly close to nesting Puffins on an island, as the National Trust maintains and protects the birds. You take one of several boats from Seahouses, England to see the birds. A 300 to 400 mm lens is ideal as they are fairly close. The chicks are still in the burrows and when they fledge at night in late June they don’t return until mature and stay at sea. The Swans were in Edinburgh at the Leith harbor. The puffins are the Atlantic Puffins and are very comical. I managed to get them in flight, mating, building nests, waddling around, and landing. The weather was not ideal as it poured rain for nearly an hour with high winds coming off the cliffs and horizantal rain. Fortunately I had a rain cover on my camera and lens- a necessity. It did calm down to only a drizzle later and was easier to shoot. Mostly I used a 300 mm f 2.8 Canon lens with Canon 1`dx mark ii body with a 1.4 extender on about 1/2 the shots. If you go in mid or late June you can get the birds returning to their nest with the small eels that they feed on but I did not observe that behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

Ecuador Bird Photos

We photographed Birds in the Cloud Forests and Subtropical areas in Ecuador including the Tandayapa Valley, Guango,  Rancho Suamox, Milpe, and San Tideo, Papallacta Pass, and Antisana. Elevations ranged from 1200 ft to 14,000 ft. The lodges we stayed at  were at around 8,000 ft and 6500 ft. The trip was with Tropical Birding and they did an excellent job of taking us to various habitats and getting us close to the birds. Our guide was Pablo Cervantes who is an excellent photographer and helped to find the target birds. I used my 300 mm f 2.8 lens with and without a 1.4 extender or 2 x extender. As I process more of my images I will post more over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird

Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird

Buff-tailed Coronet

Buff-tailed Coronet

carunculated Cara Cara

carunculated Cara Cara

crimson rumped toucanet

crimson rumped toucanet

 

Long-tailed Sylph

Long-tailed Sylph

Rufous Motmot

Rufous Motmot

Toucan Barbet

Toucan Barbet

Giant Antpitta

Giant Antpitta

Sword-billed hummingbird

Sword-billed hummingbird

Black-chinned Mt. Tanager

Black-chinned Mt. Tanager

Black-cheeked woodpecker

Black-cheeked woodpecker

Golden Olive Woodpecker

Golden Olive Woodpecker

Cock of the rock

Cock of the rock

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Golden-headed Quetzal

Golden-headed Quetzal

Larry Moskovitz 14,000 ft in Andes

Larry Moskovitz 14,000 ft in Andes

Booted Racket-tails fight

Booted Racket-tails fight

Arches & Canyonlands Nat. Pks

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Balanced Rock, Arches

Balanced Rock, Arches

Balanced Rock Sunset

Balanced Rock Sunset

Courthouse Towers, Arches

Courthouse Towers, Arches

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Goblin Valley St Park

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

South Window Arch

South Window Arch

Deadhorse Pt

Deadhorse Pt

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Deadhorse Pt

Sunset Deadhorse Pt

Twisted Juniper

Twisted Juniper

Windows Arches

Windows Arches

We spent 8 days photographing Arches and Canyonlands Nat Pks trying to get up before sunrise and also shoot at sunset- the best light of the day. I had wanted to do some night photography but it was cloudy at night most of the time. These 2 parks had some spectacular scenery with some of the best rock formations in the U.S. Most of the images are with a Canon 1dx mark ii and a Canon 17-40 mm wide angle lens  and in a few cases a 14mm Rokinon lens.  Moab is a great place to stay with good motels and a few good restaurants, especially Desert Bistro. We pretty much stayed on the main road but if you have a 4 wheel  drive hundreds of miles of roads are available, especially in Canyonlands.

More Alaska Bears, Puffins, Otters

More images from our Alaska trip with a few landscapes. The landscapes were on the Kenai Peninsula while the Bears were at Lake Clark across the  Cooke inlet. We were able to get fairly close to the Bears with an experienced guide, which is essential, not only to find the bears but to be able to read their behavior and know how far to position ourselves safely. The welfare of the bears is the highest priority and our time was limited so as not to alter their behavior or interfere with their daily routines. The fact that we were in a coastal grassland habitat made it easier for us to spot bears at a distance and for them to see us well in advance. The problem is that if you surprise them in a forest on a trail with no visibility then they can get defensive or aggressive, especially with cubs. Also if you are in a group of 3 or more people they seldom attack if you stay close together and use common “bear sense”.

cub with stick

cub with stick

Mother with cubs

Mother with cubs

3 cubs

3 cubs

2 year olds play-fighting

2 year olds play-fighting

Horned Puffin

Horned Puffin

Sea Otter portrait

Sea Otter portrait

Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula

Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula

Upper Trail Lake near Moose Junction

Upper Trail Lake near Moose Junction

 

 

 

Alaska Bears, Puffins, Sea otters

grizzly cubs play

grizzly cubs play

We traveled to Alaska to photograph Grizzly or Coastal Brown Bears, Puffins, and Sea Otters. I am always trying to expand my vision so Bears were very challenging. The bears were at Lake Clark National Park off the Cook inlet and the otters and Puffins near Seward, Alaska. Although it rained off and on for most of the time there were breaks and the overcast light was actually perfect. I used a Canon 1dx mark ii body and a 300 mm f2.8 lens with a  1.4 extender most of the time and on landscape a 17-40 mm wide angle lens. Usually I was on a tripod but some hand-held shots.

 

"dancing cubs"

“dancing cubs”

3 cubs and mother

3 cubs and mother

 

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

grizzly cub

Brown Bear mother grazing

Brown Bear mother grazing

Momma Grizzly

Momma Grizzly

Momma Grizzly

Horned Puffin

 

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

Sea Otters

Sea Otters

Coastal Brown Bears

Coastal Brown Bears

3 cubs and mother

bear cub