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Baby Kingbirds and Falcons

On a tip from Tom Starcic I headed over to Point Fermin Park located in San Pedro, CA where two baby Peregrine Falcons had recently fledged. When I got there I immediately spotted the adults flying around the bluffs and it didn’t take long to hear and spot the fledgling Falcons calling to their parents. Both of them were taking little leaps off the cliffs and landing a few yards away. Not quite ready for full flight but not long before they will be soaring alongside their parents. Nearby there were also two baby Cassin’s Kingbirds that had recently fledged as well and I got photos of the adults taking turns feeding them.

Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (adult)

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (adult)

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (chick)

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (chick)

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon (chick)

 

Posted by on June 7, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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Rough-legged Hawk….no.

Since I was visiting the in-laws out in Beaumont over the holidays, I decided to take a quick peek at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area to see what raptors the cold winter air had brought in. It was pretty dismal with just a few Kestrel’s here and there but after about 30 min I saw a raptor way off in the distance perched on a post in the middle of a field. I first noticed the nice black tail-band so the first thing that popped in my head was Rough-legged Hawk. I snapped a few pictures slowly working my way closer to it. I was so concentrated on trying to get the best pictures possible I didn’t really stop and take the time to actually ID the bird… After looking at the photos later I now realize it was simply a juvenile Ferruginous Hawk (and quite obvious too).


Ferruginous Hawk (juv)
Ferruginous Hawk (juv)

On the way out from SJWA I had a flock of about 50 Mountain Bluebirds, a very cooperative Cassin’s Kingbird and lots of Savannah Sparrows perched along the fenceline.


Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

 

Posted by on December 29, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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