San Jacinto Birds and a Skunk !

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Female Pheasant

Female Pheasant

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

More raptors are starting to arrive at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Perris, CA. There were N Harriers, Red-tailed hawks, a juvenile Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, lots of ducks and  shorebirds, and this Vermilion Flycatcher. The skunk was preening himself and then searching for food near some water. I had to walk within 10 feet to get by on the trail but he was not concerned and just ignored me- Relief !

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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