San Jacinto Birds and a Skunk !

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Female Pheasant

Female Pheasant

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

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 !

More White-tailed Kites

Juveniles Kites chase sibling for mouse in talons

Juveniles Kites chase sibling for mouse in talons

Juvenile Kite landing

Juvenile Kite landing

 

Kite acrobatics

Kite acrobatics

 

Kite Landing with mouse in talons

Kite Landing with mouse in talons (tucked close to body)

 

Larry Moskovitz photographing Kites

Larry Moskovitz photographing Kites

Larry with Canon 7D and 400 mm f5.6 lens

Larry with Canon 7D and 400 mm f5.6 lens

 

Larry photographing Kites

Larry photographing Kites

 

The Kites have fledged and are hunting on their own. When one gets a rodent the others chase behind and try and take it away. It makes a spectacular air show but of course not always within camera range- usually not.  The trick is multiple shooting sessions and a lot of luck.               Photos of Larry by Ray Spencer

White-tailed Kites

white-tailed Kite juvenile

white-tailed Kite juvenile

 

white-tailed Kites juvenile

white-tailed Kites juvenileWhite-tailed Kite

 

Kites

Kites

 

White-tailed Kites

White-tailed Kites

 

Young White-tailed Kites learning to fly and hunt for rodents. I am still trying for an acrobatic food transfer in mid-air. The next shot is an attempt at that but not close enough.

White-tailed Kites transfer mouse in mid-air

White-tailed Kites transfer mouse in mid-air