Burrowing Owls

Recently taken photos of Burrowing Owl family with young recently out of nest in S. California. One of the juveniles is starting to fly short distances and the female is feeding the young still; but I have not seen the male adult after several visits.

I have to apologize for not posting on this site for a while and have been more active on Instagram @ImagePhotoPro. Please follow me there with some of my best images. I tend to post there at least several times a week with new material, both bird photography, landscapes, and other wildlife.

During this pandemic we have not traveled either domestically or internationally but have had to make do with local birds in my backyard or nearby. I hope all my followers are staying safe in these difficult times and that we can get back to normal before too long. I do have some backyard photos of Hooded Orioles, Warblers, Western Bluebirds, and some Woodpeckers which I will post on this Blog soon.

Owl with mouse breakfast
Juvenile pestering mom until she flew from perch
Burrowing owl landing

young Burrowing Owls
“What are you looking at?”
“Let’s play Dentist”
“Face to Face”
Owl chicks grooming
young owl on one of first flights
“Wing Dance”
Burrowing Owl, female with young
“See my new wing feathers”

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

Spring Birds Feeding

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.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing on Mulberries
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Western Tanager
Acorn Woodpeckers and Palm
Acorn Woodpeckers defending acorns
stored in Palm trunk
Phainopepla male
Spotted Towhee

Peregrine Falcons

The new batch of Peregrine Falcons with 4 juveniles is out of their nest at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Cal. Mostly they are sitting in tall trees screeching and waiting for the parents to bring food- not a lot of aerial action yet.

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

Egrets and Herons Nesting

Some new photographs of Snowy,Cattle,Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron chicks in their nests and fledged. A few images were taken previously. All were taken in San Diego Co, California at several locations.

Snowy Egrets fighting

Snowy Egrets fighting

Cattle egret chicks

Snowy egrets

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Great Blue Heron chicks

Costa Rica Birds &Wildlife 3

More photographs from Costa Rica of Birds,Reptiles, and Mammals. I am trying higher resolution images that might load slower but will see how it works. Also reducing copyright info size for a cleaner image. If you order prints they will be far higher resolution with a lot more detail and range – up to 50-60 mb.

Lessons Motmot

Lessons Motmot

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Red-legged Honeycreeper

Leaf-cutter ants

Leaf-cutter ants

Common Black Hawk

Common Black Hawk

Brown-hooded Parrot

Brown-hooded Parrot

Costarican Coral Snake

Costarican Coral Snake

Eyelash Pitviper

Eyelash Pitviper

Fer-de-Lance

Fer-de-Lance

Flame Tanager

Flame Tanager

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin

Variegated Squirrel

Variegated Squirrel

Capuchin Monkey

Capuchin Monkey

Amazon Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher

Eyelash Pitviper yellow

Eyelash Pitviper yellow

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Hoffmanns Woodpeckers

Hoffmanns Woodpeckers

Howler Monkey eating leaf

Howler Monkey eating leaf

King & BlackVultures

King & BlackVultures

Resplendant Quetzal

Resplendant Quetzal

Costa Rica Birds & Wildlife 2

Here are additional photos from the Costa Rica trip spanning from 6 miles s of the Nicaraguan border to the mountainous highlands at 8000 ft of the south.

3-Toed Sloth

3-Toed Sloth

Fiery throated Hummingbird

Fiery throated Hummingbird

Great Curassow

Great Curassow

Magnificent Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird

Northern Tamandua

Northern Tamandua

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

sunset Rancho Solimar

sunset Rancho Solimar

Spectacled Owl

Spectacled Owl