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The chicks in the other two Peregrine Falcon nests, one with two chicks and the other with four chicks, have fledged. But a new nest was discovered recently and the chicks are at least three weeks younger than the ones that just fledged. There are two chicks in this newly discovered nest and Michael Beattie was invited to come by and photograph them.

Here the two chicks obviously are anxious to be fed.

The adult Peregrines have been taking nearly all of this year's Western Gull chicks to feed their young. It's a rough time for smaller birds with these predators in town.

Thanks to Michael for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

Ken Bailey caught this action near the Gualala River. The bird on the left is an adult Peregrine Falcon and the bird on the right is a juvenile. Perhaps the adult is teaching the younger bird some important lesson.

adult-peregrine-falcon-on-the-left-reprimanding-a-juvenile-by-ken-baileyIt seems like the younger bird is thinking, "YIKES!"

We had two nests of Peregrine Falcons successfully breed here this year. Here's a photo taken by Michael Beattie of the two chicks in a nest off the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands.

two-downy-peregrine-falcon-chicks-by-michael-beattie

Thanks to Ken and Michael for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Ken's photography, especially his underwater photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.seadreams.org/

 

Michael Beattie noticed this pair of Canada geese on a 40 foot tall rocky pinnacle off the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands. The Point Arena Lighthouse is in the distance.

Canada geese nesting off the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands by Michael Beattie Nesting Canada Goose by Michael Beattie

Michael watched the nest and, sure enough, there was a successful hatch of cute little goslings.

Canada geese goslings by Michael Beattie

It wasn't long before one of the parents was demonstrating to the goslings what they should do - "fly" down to the water.

Follow me - a Canada goose showing its offspring the way to the water by Michael Beattie

The other parent urges them on from behind. Bird expert, Diane Hichwa, says they should have been able to make it safely to the water. The little ones are so light, perhaps they just floated down!

Thanks to Michael for allowing me to share his photos with you here, thus showing you this wildlife story.

The first fawns have been born and they are so very cute. I will share a photo of some soon. Today I want to show you Bucks with their growing antlers covered in velvet. Jon Loveless photographed two Bucks preening each other.

Two Bucks preening each other in a meadow by Jon Loveless

It's a peace on earth moment. Later when these two Bucks might be competing for Does, they won't be so friendly.

Michael Beattie also photographed Bucks near Point Arena on a spectacular day. The lupine bush in the middle is just about to bloom.

Bucks in velvet by Michael Beattie

Thanks to Jon and Michael for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Michael Beattie notice a beautiful Peregrine Falcon soaring through the air.

A Peregrine Falcon soars by Michael Beattie

He watched it join its mate at a nest with two, perhaps three, eggs inside.

Mated Peregrine Falcon pair by Michael Beattie

Last year there were two known Peregrine Falcon nests on the Mendonoma Coast. Because of Michael, we know there is at least one nest this year.

Thanks to Michael for allowing me to share his photos with you here.