Bald Eagles at Seabec, Wa

Eagle Catching Fish

Eagle Catching Fish

Eagle Landing

Eagle Landing

Bald Eagle and GB Heron fight

Bald Eagle and GB Heron fight

Great Blue Herons Fight

Great Blue Herons Fight

Eagle and Heron Standoff

Eagle and Heron Standoff

Eagle juve and Adult Fight

Eagle juve and Adult Fight

3 Eagles

3 Eagles

Eagle with Fish

Eagle with Fish

Bald Eagle fight

Bald Eagle fight

Eagles mid-air

Eagles mid-air

Eagle with Fish

Eagle with Fish

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.

 

 

Peregrine Falcons at Torrey Pines

Peregrine Landing

Peregrine Landing

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcons juveniles

peregrine falcon talons

peregrine falcon talons

Peregrine falcons flight

Peregrine falcons flight

peregrine juvenile -where's dinner ?

peregrine juvenile -where’s dinner ?

peregrine on branch

peregrine on branch

peregrine landing

peregrine landing

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine takeoff

peregrine watching helicopter

peregrine watching helicopter

3 juvenile falcons with piggyback

3 juvenile falcons with piggyback

Peregrines transfer food

Peregrines transfer food

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.