Black-crowned Night Heron chicks

Night-crowned Heron chicks

Black-crowned Night Heron chicks

 

Night-crowned Herons feeding

Black-crowned Night Herons feeding

 

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Black-crowned Night Heron chicks just out of the nest feeding at Lake Elsinore and Safari Park. They are extremely noisy and competitive towards their siblings. To get good images all you do is sit there and wait until you hear loud begging for food calls from the chicks.

Snowy Egrets and White-tailed Kites

Great Egrets in mid-air fight

Snowy Egrets in mid-air fight

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

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.

White-tailed Kite Pair

White-tailed Kite Pair

 

White-tailed Kite with Mouse

White-tailed Kite with Mouse

 

 

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.

 

Osprey nest with young

Osprey landing at nest

Osprey landing at nest

 

Osprey

Osprey

 

Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish

 

Young Ospreys at the Newport Back Bay Science center nesting platform.  Platform is mounted on a telephone pole at about 25 ft tall and the Ospreys have nested there for the past 5 years. They add their own large sticks and palm fronds to complete the large 6 ft wide platform. About 8 weeks after hatching they can fly in and out of the nest and are still being fed fish by the parents.

osprey landing

osprey landing

Warbler Migration

Hermit Warbler

Hermit Warbler

 

Hermit Warbler hovering

Hermit Warbler hovering

 

Townsend's Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

 

Townsend's Warbler feeding on Red Gum Eucalyptus

Townsend's Warbler feeding on Red Gum Eucalyptus

 

Today at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego (Pt Loma) the Warbler parade continues with Orange Crowned, Townsend’s,  and Hermit seen personally. The warblers stop on their way north at Pt Loma on the coast at flowering Red Gum Eucalytus.  I did not see the Prothonotary Warbler seen a few days ago here. I managed to get the hovering feeding behavior on the Red Gum Euc SE of the main entrance.