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.
I photographed at San Jacinto Wildlife area yesterday and was able to get a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk and a Merlin in flight. There also was the first Golden Eagle that I have seen this year. Usually they don’t arrive until late Nov or Dec. It flew off before I was able to get close enough for a decent shot.
At San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Perris, Ca I managed to get fairly close to a Golden Eagle, many Kestrals, and a Red-Shouldered Hawk this week.
At San Jacinto Wildlife Area I observed a Northern Harrier on Prey and then another appeared to try and steal the Prey, a Coot. I managed to photograph from my van about 40 ft away. As long as you stay in your vehicle the birds are not disturbed. Then I saw a dark large shadow overhead and a Golden Eagle flew over the kill, but did not land. Maybe 2 Harriers were too much for the Eagle, although he was much larger !
Recent photographs taken near Tucson at Desert Museum outside of Saguaro National Park and San Pedro River near Bisbee, Arizona with new Canon 300 mm f2.8 IS II lens on Canon 7D Mark II body.
Here are some new photos taken in the last few weeks with my new Canon 300 mm f2.8 IS II lens and 2x extender. All the birds are wild and taken at San Jacinto Wildlife area. I saw the N Harrier near the prey and waited until it came back as it flew off at first. After a long wait it started circling near the prey ( a coot) and then hovered over the prey when I got a few shots off. The Pheasant was near the road and I shot from my van out the window.
More raptors are starting to arrive at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Perris, CA. There were N Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, a juvenile Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, lots of ducks and shorebirds, and this Vermilion Flycatcher. The skunk was preening himself and then searching for food near some water. I had to walk within 10 feet to get by on the trail but he was not concerned and just ignored me- Relief !
I never get tired of seeing the variations of Red-tailed Hawks and trying to capture them as they take off. These shots were taken from the rolled down window of my van and allowed me to get closer without alarming the bird. The idea is to focus on the bird and keep it there until it takes off and start firing multiple shots. If you don’t already have the camera trained on the hawk you will not get the split second takeoff. Sometimes it can take 30 min before the bird does anything so it takes patience.
I managed to get 2 Kestrals mating yesterday. Hopefully there could be some young in around 29 days after the eggs are laid. Could not get all that close with a 400 mm lens. I really needed an 800 mm or greater lens or doubler.
On the way home I got this shot of a red- shouldered hawk taking off from a branch. A crow chased it from the branch.
Bald Eagle Juvenile at San Jacinto Red-tailed Hawk takeoff Red-tailed hawk takeoff N Harrier with bird prey
At San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Tues I managed to photograph both a Red-tailed Hawk and N Harrier Hawk feeding on prey (unidentified birds) on the ground. The Harrier was having a nice lunch when a Red-tailed Hawk swooped down and tried to take it but the Harrier was faster and she picked up the half-eaten bird and got away clean. As I left the preserve 2 juvenile Bald Eagles flew by and then began kettling with Red-tailed Hawks.