Coastal Peregrine Falcons

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Charlene and I visited a coastal cliff site on Saturday and found adult peregrines on the rocks. This is the tiercel, the male peregrine. Note: all photos taken with 500mm with 1.4x teleconverter, shots cropped at least 50% in all cases.

Charlene and I visited a coastal cliff site on Saturday and found adult peregrines on the rocks. This is the tiercel, the male peregrine. Note: all photos taken with 500mm with 1.4x tele-converter, shots cropped at least 50% in all cases.

falcon (female)

falcon (female)

falcon (female)

falcon (female)

tiercel leaves, falcon stays

tiercel leaves, falcon stays

tiercel taking off once more

tiercel taking off once more

tiercel taking off once more

tiercel taking off once more

tiercel landing again...

tiercel landing again…

tiercel landing again...

tiercel landing again…

final view of the tiercel, fog is rolling in and the tiercel continues to keep watch over the cliffside aerie.

final view of the tiercel, fog is rolling in and the tiercel continues to keep watch over the cliff-side aerie.

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.  You can see the whole set of images here.

Last day of Winter – Birding in Golden Gate Park

Ont the last day of winter before the Spring Equinox, I go back to Golden Gate Park to check in with the Great Horned Owl; a lone owlet is resting next to mom.

On the last day of winter before the Spring Equinox, I went back to Golden Gate Park to check in with the Great Horned Owl; a lone owlet is resting next to mom.

Black Phoebe

a Black Phoebe was nearby hunting for bugs, and it posed for me on several branches. This is the best shot.

Great Blue Heron taking off

At Lloyd Lake, a Great Blue Heron hunted briefly before taking off

 

Great Blue Heron in flight

Great Blue Heron in flight

 

Double-crested Cormorant

a lone Double-crested Cormorant was at the lake as well.

Canada Goose napping on the shore

Canada Goose napping on the shore

What city park would be complete without Rock Doves? They look so much nicer in a tree. Thanks for looking.

What city park would be complete without Rock Doves? They look so much nicer in a tree. Thanks for looking.

For a complete look at the day’s photos, click here.

A Rainy Day of Birding at Lake Merced and Golden Gate Park

There was a report of Clark's Grebes doing their mating dance on Lake Merced, but by the time the weekend rolled around and I could investigate, the weather had turned bad, the grebes were in hiding and all I could find were coots, mallards,, a few Ruddy Ducks and lots of gulls. Here an American Coot swims past the pier I stood on.

There was a report of Clark’s Grebes doing their mating dance on Lake Merced, but by the time the weekend rolled around and I could investigate, the weather had turned bad, the grebes were in hiding and all I could find were coots, mallards,, a few Ruddy Ducks and lots of gulls. Here an American Coot swims past the pier I stood on.

This Ruddy Duck was out on the lake with a bright blue bill.

This Ruddy Duck was out on the lake with a bright blue bill.

It was aware of any distrubance.

Our next stop was to check on a Great Horned Owl nesting in GG Park. It was aware of any disturbance.

The rain was keeping the crowds away, so the Mallards were hauled out on the side of Lloyd Lake.

The rain was keeping the crowds away, so the Mallards were hauled out on the side of Lloyd Lake.

One last look, he did not want to keep his eyes open.

I counted four Hooded Mergansers, this is the soul adult male spotted that rainy day.

At the edge of Lloyd Lake a lone Great Blue Heron hunted. The rains were about to start up again, so we left. Thanks for looking.

At the edge of Lloyd Lake a lone Great Blue Heron hunted. The rains were about to start up again, so we left. Thanks for looking.

A Red-tailed Hawk with full crop closed 2015

This Red-tailed Hawk with full crop has been in our neighborhood for several weeks. I finally had a chance to photograph it in good light. Though the wind was strong and messed up the plumage, it was a nice way to finish off the last day of the year. Hope your bird watching is great in the following new year.
Regards,
Glenn Nevill

This Red-tailed Hawk with full crop has been in our neighborhood for several weeks. I finally had a chance to photograph it in good light . Nice way to finish off the last day of the year. Hope all your birdwatching is great and you all have a great new year. Regards, Glenn Nevill

Red-tailed Hawk with full crop

Birding at North Lake – Golden Gate Park

I went to North Lake in Golden Gate Park in search of Yellow Warblers that had been reported there.  Instead I found three of these guys sauntering around in daylight. Went out to North Lake to do some birding, but the first thing I found was a lone raccoon walked out of a trail near the water's edge and posed before sauntering back into the brush. This guy showed up as I was setting up my tripod. An un-cropped shot, but taken through my 500mm lens and a tele-converter. I was about 20 feet away, and I don’t recommend getting any closer than that. After standing up on two feet and sniffing at me, it turned and walked back into the brush on the shoreline. There are American Coots year-round at the lake. Here near the north shore, a floating nest in coot incubating eggs. She blends in nicely with the reeds. Another birder stopped me before I left and showed me the nesting Coot in the reeds.   The male coots were still feeling randy and kept chasing each other and displaying like this one. There were American Coots displaying on the water The Mallards, more than 20 spend their time at the south end of the lake. I counted over 30 mallards at the south end of the lake. Their eggs had hatched a while back … They showed alarm... Finally, Steller’s Jays were about, looking for seeds. Steller's Jay Another corvidae, The Common Ravens were present as well in a tree close to where I had parked. On the way back to the car, Common Ravens were overhead in a pine tree. Before heading home, I checked out a report of three Great Horned Owl fledglings at another location in the park, and found them napping in a tree. Great Horned Owl fledglings

The Berkeley Botanical Garden is also great for birdwatching

Wherever you have trees and flowers, you will find birds and the birds at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens are comfortable around people.  It was easy to photograph them with a moderate long lens without spooking them. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and I found some great bird life on a recent visit.

Flying overhead a Red-tailed Hawk was soaring low enough for a good view.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

I had trouble identifying this one, but got help from the SFBirds list members.  It’s a juvenile Oregon Junco.

a juvenile Oregon Junco

a juvenile Oregon Junco

We see lots of Anna’s Hummingbirds, but over in Berkeley, all we saw were the Allen’s

female Allen's Hummingbird

female Allen’s Hummingbird

And where you find flowers, you find insects and insects that hunt other insects, like this beautiful red dragonfly.

dragonfly

dragonfly

 

While you are there, don’t forget to enjoy the flowers too…

poppy

poppy

poppy

poppy

Thanks for viewing and please visit the Berkeley Botanical Gardens.

Glenn Nevill