At this time of year with all the young falcons taking to the skies, it’s a good time to show you the other side of beauty, power and speed. I’m talking about all the goofy things you never see or hear about. They are the lighter side of the peregrine falcons that only the juveniles can bring you.
Yesterday, I’m sitting on the south side of Morro Rock waiting for something to happen i.e. chicks to show, food to go into the nest site, anything to break the boredom that has been going on for the last three months on the south side.
Just then a juvenile from the north side comes flying over to the face of the south side. Immediately, the resident tiercel makes a swooping pass at the youngster to scare it off. The young one seeing that it is an adult and thinks it has food for him. He flies up under the tiercel in typical food exchange fashion and gets smacked by the adult tiercel not once, but twice. He will remember that not all adults are his parents.
I would like to share some photos from Cleve Nash with our readers. Some of the crash landings would be better in video. Try and use your imagination.
Happy trails, Bob