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.
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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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.
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.
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.
After spending almost 5 days at Torrey Pines, Ca I got these images of the young Peregrine falcons only about a week out of their nest on the cliff. There are 4 juveniles and the 2 parents flying at top speeds over the cliffs and ocean. Peregrines are the fastest animals on earth at 240 mph in a dive.
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.