Burrowing Owl Chicks

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 have eliminated much of their habitat.

See my short video on Youtube on these Burrowing Owls

new Burrowing Owl video
Get Off My Stick !
I got here first.
Sibling rivalry
Take Off
Burrowing Owl Chicks
Burrowing Owl Landing

Burrowing Owl Landing
Young Chicks Recently Out of Nest

Young Owlet

Collision?
Was That A UFO
Burrowing Owl Acrobats

Peregrine Falcons 2

More Peregrine juveniles at Torrey Pines, LaJolla,CA. June 11 mostly foggy day.

“High Five”

Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Siblings
Peregrines Play Fight
Peregrine Landing

Peregrines Fri June 14

It started off foggy and slow in the morning and then better action in the early afternoon at Torrey Pines.

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Play Fight

Peregrine Flyby

Peregrine Falcons

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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.

Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Aerial Play Fight
Young Peregrines Takeoff
Peregrine Landing
Peregrine Landing on Yucca
Peregrines mid-air chase
3 Peregrines
Peregrine Chase

Peregrine with Prey
Peregrine with Prey
Peregrine Flyby
Peregrine Flyby
Peregrine Acrobatics
Peregrine Acrobatics

Ibis,Peregrines,Waxwings

White-faced Ibis chicks feeding, Peregrine falcons exchanging prey in mid-air, Hooded Oriole and Cedar Waxwings all photographed recently.

White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
Cedar Waxwings pair
Hooded Oriole
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air

Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine chasing Pelican

Anza Borrego Wildflowers

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.

Costas Hummingbird

Cholla and Barrel Cactus


Desert Mud Abstract


Poppies, Anza Borrego


Verbena, Anza Borrego


Mud Cracks 2


Yaqui Pass Anza Borrego
Anza Field of Flowers

Owls and Snow Scenics

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.)

Great Gray Owl Camouflage
Snowy Owl Washington coast
Snowy Owl Washington coast
Northern Saw- whet Owl
Northern Saw- whet Owl


Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
snowy owl take off
snowy owl take off
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Old Homestead Okanogan
Old Homestead Okanogan
Okanogan snow scene
Okanogan snow scene
Snow scene in mountains
Dry Falls, Washington in snow

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.