Some new photos of Calif Burrowing Owl chicks in Calif. Although they are not on the Endangered Species List they are in decline in most areas of the West due to loss of habitat. They should be protected as their future is very uncertain. Their preferred habitat is low grassy areas and sandy soil and are dependent on abandoned ground squirrel tunnels or other rodents nests. Warehouse, Commercial construction and housing developments has eliminated much of their habitat.
More Peregrine juveniles at Torrey Pines, LaJolla,CA. June 11 mostly foggy day.
Peregrines Fri June 14
It started off foggy and slow in the morning and then better action in the early afternoon at Torrey Pines.
Three Peregrine Falcons are out of their nest on the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Park in La Jolla, Cal. They are flying along the cliffs and landing on trees above the beach and the parents are bringing them prey (small birds) which they transfer in mid-air. The young ones are play fighting and practicing their acrobatic flying skills like tiny jet fighters. Adults can reach over 220 mph in a dive when catching prey in mid-air.
See my new video on Youtube of a Western Bluebird feeding a cricket to a reluctant youngster.
White-faced Ibis chicks feeding, Peregrine falcons exchanging prey in mid-air, Hooded Oriole and Cedar Waxwings all photographed recently.
The Cedar Waxwings are feeding on my Mulberry Tree and the Acorn Woodpeckers are fighting over the acorns that they have stored in a tall Washingtonia palm tree. The Waxwings require a blind as they are very skittish and all fly away at the slightest noise or sight of a human. Then I have to wait for 30 min to an hour for them to come back.
White-breasted Nuthatch nesting behavior. The Nuthatch “sweeps” the nest with insects in their beak to repel predators and other birds.
Recent Photographs of wildflowers and desert scenics at Anza Borrego State Park in Calif. Feb 25. This should be one of the best wildflower displays in years with substantial rains starting in Oct and continuing in Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. The peak has not been reached and could be as soon as 2 weeks depending on temperatures and more rainfall. I used a wide angle 17-40 lens on most and a 100-400 lens for the hummingbirds and a few others.
Owls photographed recently and in the past in Washington state on the coast for the Snowy and E Wash for the N Saw-whet plus some snow scenics during the recent big blizzard.
My photograph of a Great Gray Owl was chosen as one of the top 250 of the North American Nature Photography Association Showcase for 2019 (on the NANPA website and published in NANPA Expressions Journal.)
The Golden Eagles were at San Jacinto, Ca and the mature Bald Eagles were from the last 2 years at Seabec, Wa.