The lighter side…

A different perpective   Photo by Cleve Nash

A different perpective                                             Photo by Cleve Nash

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.

Falcon sneaking up on a ???  Photo by Cleve Nash

Falcon sneaking up on a ???                                   Photo by Cleve Nash

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.

What direction is the food coming from? Photo by Cleve Nash

What direction is the food coming from?                Photo by Cleve Nash

Up there?   Photo by Cleve Nash

Up there?                                                                Photo by Cleve Nash

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.

It's not easy to land on a lichen covered branch. Photo by Cleve Nash

It’s not easy to land on a lichen covered branch. Where do my feet go?           Photo by Cleve Nash

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

 

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4 Responses to The lighter side…

  1. Lynda Meyer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this joyous intimate falcon information and pictures. Your efforts are greatly appreciated so try to remember that when your neck is stiff and aching, etc!

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      You are quite welcome. It is our pleasure to pass on these antics to you and the readers. ~Heather

  2. janine says:

    I guffawed so loudly at the first shot–I bet the neighbors heard me! Thanks for the “awkward ” shots. They remind me of all young creatures, unembarrassed in their concentration.

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      Peregrines are not always regal and distinguished. They like all youngsters mature by going through all sorts of phases, many entertaining. Glad you enjoyed. ~Heather

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