Some new photographs of Snowy,Cattle,Great Egrets and Great Blue Heron chicks in their nests and fledged. A few images were taken previously. All were taken in San Diego Co, California at several locations.
Great Blue Herons arriving and catching fish at Seabeck, Wa on the Hood Canal west of Bremerton, Wa. This is the same location for the Bald Eagles, both arriving at the same time for the abundance of the sculpin fish at low tide. The morning light was the best at around 8-9 am depending on tides. Once the Herons arrive signaling the low tide and availability of fish, the Bald Eagles follow.
Bald Eagles at Seabec, Wa in late June during minus tides when they congregate to feed on small fish in the oyster beds during very low tides. All photographs taken with the new Canon 1dx mark ii and 300 mm f2.8 ii with either a 1.4 or 2.0 extender. This is the only time they congregate in quantities during the year with up to 50 or more eagles at a time. At times they fly right over your head, too close to focus but are generally about 30 to 100 feet away and flying back to the trees when not eating fish.
Here are some recent photographs of Great Horned Owl chicks and Barn Owls. The unusual part is that they were in the same barn and coexisted. Usually Great Horned are dominant and will kill or chase away the Barn owls.
The Great Blue Herons are in tall pine trees near the coast and the young can fly but still hang around the nest to be fed by the adults. It is not smart to stand directly under the nest as the extensive “white-wash” on the ground is a warning.