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Antelope Valley Raptors

Did some raptor hunting up in the Antelope Valley yesterday with a couple friends. The weather was gloomy and overcast throughout the day with rain here and there. Although we didn’t find any Rough-legged Hawks or Golden Eagle we had 1 Prairie Falcon, 1 imm. Bald Eagle, 5+ Ferruginous Hawks, 6+ American Kestrel, 2 Northern Harrier and 20+ Red-tailed Hawk.

We checked various ponds/lakes along the way where I got a few new photo birds (Hooded Merganser, Black Scoter and Lawrence’s Goldfinch). We also searched the A&G sod farms (110 St. East / East Avenue M) for Mountain Plovers and any Longspur sp. but to no avail. We did see hundreds of American Pipit, Horned Lark and Killdeer though.

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser

Black Scoter
Black Scoter

Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lawrence’s Goldfinch

 

Posted by on December 8, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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Salton Sea Raptors

A relatively slow morning at Salton Sea yesterday. I was hoping to get photos of Stilt Sandpiper and if I was really lucky a Ruff. I couldn’t find either and the hunters in the area weren’t helping things. I did photograph a beautiful adult Peregrine Falcon and a female/juv. Merlin (Taiga) at fairly close range. Always a treat to see a Peregrine Falcon so close!

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Merlin
Merlin (fem/juv)

 

Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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