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.
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!
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