Hawks and Merlin at San Jacinto

I photographed at San Jacinto Wildlife area yesterday and was able to get a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk and a Merlin in flight. There also was the first Golden Eagle that I have seen this year. Usually they don’t arrive until late Nov or Dec. It flew off before I was able to get close enough for a decent shot.

Merlin on branch

Merlin on branch

Merlin in flight

Merlin in flight

Merlin in fog

Merlin in fog

Merlin Takeoff

Merlin Takeoff

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, Juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered hawk, juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk, juve

Red-shouldered Hawk, juve

N Harrier with prey

Merlin on takeoff

Merlin on takeoff

Merlin

Merlin

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

N Harrier with prey

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Here are some new photos taken in the last few weeks with my new Canon 300 mm f2.8 IS II lens and 2x extender. All the birds are wild and taken at San Jacinto Wildlife area. I saw the N Harrier near the prey and waited until it came back as it flew off at first. After a long wait it started circling near  the prey ( a coot) and then hovered over the prey when I got a few shots off. The Pheasant was near the road and I shot from my van out the window.

Merlin

 

Merlin on branch

Merlin on branch

Merlin with Dragonfly

Merlin with Dragonfly

Merlin takeoff

Merlin takeoff

Merlin ready for takeoff

Merlin ready for takeoff

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin say hi !

Merlin says hi !

Here is a good example of staying with a subject and getting a variety of poses to show behavior or personality.  I spent at least 45 min to an hour on this one Merlin, photographing from my van with no concern on the bird’s part. Canon 7d mark ii with 400 mm f 5.6.

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Golden Eagles and a Merlin at San Jacinto Wildlife

 

Merlin eating Dragonfly

Merlin eating Dragonfly

Merlin, female

Merlin, female

 

Merlin

Merlin

 

Female Merlin

Female Merlin

 

 

Golden Eagle Takeoff

Golden Eagle Takeoff

 

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

This last Mon and Thurs I spent photographing the Merlin and at least 3 Golden Eagles were spotted at San Jacinto Wildlife area near Perris, CA.  The Golden in the photos was feeding on a Coot at fairly close range. All were taken with a Canon 400 mm 5.6 lens and the new Canon 7d mark II. There is a big improvement over the original 7d with more accurate and faster focusing and 10 fps makes a big difference with birds in flight. There were quite a few kestrels, red-tailed hawks, n harriers, and a Vermilion flycatcher the week before.