Craig Tooley photographed the Peregrine Falcon nest with two chicks. In Craig's first photo, the adult Peregrine has just finished feeding the chicks and is flying away.
Here one of the Peregrine Falcon chicks is exercising his or her wings. It won't be too long before they fledge. These photos were taken over a week ago.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com
It really cooled off on the coast today...thank goodness!
Tom Eckles looked out his window in Gualala and he saw this beautiful Peregrine Falcon in the distance.
A good place to see a Peregrine is at Gualala Point Regional Park. Peregrine Falcons have been seen there looking for a meal of a tasty Duck. To hear the call of a Peregrine, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Peregrine_Falcon/sounds
To see more of Tom's photography, here is his website: http://www.tom.eckles.com/
Eric Zetterholm was ready with his camera when he recently saw a Peregrine Falcon perched atop a tree.
A Peregrine Falcon can reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on its dash for prey. They eat mostly birds. Here on the Mendonoma Coast, they often prey on Common Murres. They also eat bats! Peregrine means wanderer. We are glad several Peregrines wandered to the coast this year.
In tomorrow's Independent Coast Observer, there will be a dramatic photo taken last week by Ken Bailey of an adult Peregrine apparently chastising an impudent juvenile in the air. Don't miss it!
Thanks to Eric for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
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.