adventures in nature

hawk hill today / juv peregrine shenanigans!

Exciting day at Hawk Hill today by the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the great spots for seeing large numbers of migrating raptors. The Accipiters are coming through in high volume right now, and I was able to get out for a bit to watch. The fog started to roll in just as I got there, but we still had a good number of birds coming through (and visible, despite the low fog bank).

In addition to many sharp-shinned hawks and a few cooper’s hawks, we were treated to a few peregrine falcons that flew by. But not only did the juvenile peregrine fly by – it stayed a while to perform some antagonizing aerials on resident ravens, migrating sharp-shinned hawks, and one lone harrier! It’s hard to tell if it was hunting, just playing, or something in between. The ravens seemed to be having fun playing with it. The small sharpies … definitely not so much!

juvenile peregrine falcon "playing" with two ravens / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile peregrine falcon “playing” with two ravens / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile peregrine falcon and raven

juvenile peregrine falcon and raven

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juvenile peregrine falcon / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile peregrine falcon / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

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turkey vulture

turkey vulture / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile sharp-shinned hawk / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

sharp-shinned hawk / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile sharp-shinned hawk / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

juvenile sharp-shinned hawk / Hawk Hill GGRO Marin Headlands CA

2 responses

  1. Ann Prentiss

    Fabulous pix, Zach! I so appreciate your talent and sharing of it.

    September 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  2. Nice sequence, like it a lot Zach, great work.

    September 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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