Peregrine Falcons

The Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines, San Diego have just fledged 4 chicks and are flying. The young falcons are practicing their aerial skills at transferring food in mid-air and catching prey on the wing at speeds over 200 miles per hour! Peregrines are literally the fasted bird or animal on earth at approx 260 mph in a dive. The young only stay around for about a month after fledging and learn to find prey on their own. They then find their own territories away from their parents.

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3 peregrines on branch

3 peregrines on branch


juvenile peregrines

juvenile peregrines


Peregrines aerial

Peregrines aerial


peregrines on branch

peregrines on branch

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine young flying

Peregrine young flying


Peregrine Takeoff

Peregrine Takeoff


peregrine Falcon young

peregrine Falcon young


Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing


Peregrine in Flight

Peregrine in Flight


Peregrine with plane

Peregrine with plane in background(not photoshop)


Peregrine full tail feathers

Peregrine full tail feathers


Peregrine landing on yucca

Peregrine landing on yucca

Peregrines at Coast

Peregrines at Coast

Peregrines in flight

Peregrines in flight

Peregrine chicks

Peregrine chicks

Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines

Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcon talons

peregrine falcon talons

Peregrine falcons flight

Peregrine falcons flight

peregrine juvenile -where's dinner ?

peregrine juvenile -where’s dinner ?

peregrine on branch

peregrine on branch

peregrine landing

peregrine landing

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine watching helicopter

peregrine watching helicopter

3 juvenile falcons with piggyback

3 juvenile falcons with piggyback

Peregrines transfer food

Peregrines transfer food

I just spent about 6 days photographing the Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines St Park in La Jolla, Ca. The juvenile falcons are about 2 weeks out of their nest on the cliffs and are flying aerial acrobats. Peregrines are the fastest animal or bird on the planet with speeds clocked at over 250 mph in a dive. They prey on smaller birds by literally knocking them out of the sky and then catching them in their talons. Prey is passed to the juveniles in mid-air by the parents and also stolen from siblings in flight. The juveniles will be fed  by parents for about a month and then will learn how to catch their own prey and move to their own territory and live independently.

Peregrine Falcons

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Juvenile peregrine falcon

Parent feeding prey to young

Parent feeding prey to young

takeoff Peregrine Falcon

takeoff Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine acrobatics

Peregrine acrobatics

Peregrine acrobatics

Peregrine acrobatics

Peregrine acrobatics

Peregrine acrobatics

These are all new photographs taken this past week at Torrey Pines , near La Jolla, CA. There are 4 juveniles and 2 adults and are amazing to watch when they fly within sometimes a foot away. The young ones are practicing their flying skills and try to lock talons in mid air or out- maneuver them while flying at incredible speeds. They are the fastest animal or bird on earth and in a dive can attain over 200 mph!  All images were taken with a Canon 400mm 5.6 lens. The parents transfer their bird prey in mid-air and the young have to master the technique quickly. You can see the food transfer in one of the above images.

Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines, CA

Peregrine Falcon juvenile

Peregrine Falcon juvenile

 

Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing

 

Peregrine takeoff

Peregrine takeoff

 

Peregrine in flight

Peregrine in flight

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Peregrines flight practice

Peregrines flight practice

Peregrines in flight

Peregrines in flight

The 2 surviving juvenile Peregrine falcons having left the nest last Sat are now flying above the cliffs at Torrey Pines St park near LaJolla, CA. The parents are feeding the young birds until they can catch their prey by themselves. The aerial “mock battles” prepare them for catching their own prey and improve flight skills. Peregrines have been clocked at 240 mph in a dive and are the fastest animal or bird on earth.

Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

 

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

 

Peregrines at Play

Peregrines at Play

 

Peregrines at Play

Peregrines at Play

 

Peregrines at Play

Peregrines at Play

 

Peregrines at Play

Peregrines at Play

 

Peregrines transfer prey in mid-air

Peregrines transfer prey in mid-air

 

Peregrine Falcons

Peregrine Falcons

 

Peregrine takeoff

Peregrine takeoff

 

Peregrines

Peregrines

 

Juvenile Peregrine Falcons learning flying and prey capture skills at Torrey Pines St Park, La Jolla, CA.  They even practice passing off prey in mid-air with sticks and moss. The Peregrines fly along the cliff right next to the Guy Fleming Trail. If you want to see the show get there within the next week or two  before they leave to find their own territory.