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 !
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
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.
Snowy Egrets at Solana Beach, CA fighting over territory shot under overcast conditions. This lasted only a few seconds and I had already pointed my camera towards these juveniles when they started to squabble over a branch for landing.
The White-tailed Kites are a breeding pair at Lake Hodges. The male goes out hunting for mice and other small rodents and transfers them to the female, sometimes in mid-air. I am still working on getting shots of the mid-air transfer.