Paul Brewer's wife, Jacquie, called out for him to get his camera quick! There in a tree by their Gualala home was an immature Bald Eagle.
Robert Keiffer and Ron LeValley took a look at Paul's photo and determined this is a one-year old Bald Eagle, an immature. They can fly great distances, so we have no idea if this eagle was born near here, or somewhere much further away.
Here is a photo Chris Beach took of the two mature Bald Eagles, presumably a mated pair, that have been thrilling us with sightings by the mouth of the Gualala River.
And we have news that there is a confirmed Bald Eagle nest north of Gualala, on private, remote land. I was told there was an active nest last year, and again this year. Perhaps we will have a nest discovered in the watershed of the Gualala River too. These are exciting developments for those of us who love these magnificent birds of prey.
Thanks to Paul and Chris for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
Finding a bird’s nest is a lucky sighting. Paul Brewer wrote, “Brenda and Erik Draaijer located an Acorn woodpecker nest and were kind enough to point it out to me so I could photograph it. The baby sure is cute, and I owe this opportunity to two wonderful friends.”
Sharing a sighting doubles the excitement, and in this case reaps two beautiful photos by Paul of the male Acorn woodpecker feeding its offspring.
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
A successful Peregrine Falcon nest is to be celebrated. We keep the exact location secret to protect these birds. Craig Tooley, along with Rick and myself, was invited onto a private property that has a near eye-level view of the nest. The photos show the mother feeding her two chicks with the father perched on the rock above.
This nest is in southern Mendocino County. We hope these chicks thrive and that they will delight us in the years to come with their exceptional speed.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com
Michael Beattie notice a beautiful Peregrine Falcon soaring through the air.
He watched it join its mate at a nest with two, perhaps three, eggs inside.
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.
For several years a Steller's Jay nest has held chicks. The adults built the nest above a light fixture on the outside of our house in Anchor Bay. The nesting female was so quiet, you hardly knew she was on the nest. But when the eggs hatched, the babies could be heard when a parent approached with food.
Last week the chicks had grown and were close to fledging. Here's a look at the three chicks.
One of the chicks was watching me pretty close as I took its picture.
Most of the twigs and small branches are from a Japanese Maple tree in our garden. The three chicks fledged last week.
Here's what two fully grown adults looks like. Siegfried Matull caught these two in flight.
And here is a funny photo of a fledgling that Connie Matz took several years ago. "Feed meeeeeeeeeeeee!"
Thanks to Siegfried and Connie for allowing me to share their photos with you here.