17 May 2016

Some Peregrines............



We were out west yesterday................


A pair of Peregrines appear to be nesting on a cliff face next to the sea. I saw one bring food in and start plucking it but the view was not clear. I did get quite a few BIF shots though..........




It was struggling a bit in the strong winds.............but it was easier to focus at 700mm.









This is without the T/C.


Also around were lots of singing Blue Rock Thrush as well as flocks of Pacific Diver and Rhinoceros Auklet offshore (too far out for any photos, a shame as the Divers were in summer plumage).

Bird of the day was a subadult White Tailed Eagle at Kikonai. I'd just arrived and saw it fly off carrying a dead Slaty Backed Gull. By the time I had got my camera out the chance had gone. Like fishermen, bird photographers have lots of 'the one that got away' hard luck stories........

10 comments:

  1. Wow! These flight shots are fantastic Stuart.

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  2. Spectacular flight shots. I get so used to seeing urban peregrines, it is so wonderful to see them in their natural habitat like this.

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    1. They occur in the towns here too but these were on the coast...........

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  3. Great to see the peregrines "up close and personal..."

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  4. My favourite raptor, was I with you when we scared one up off a widgeon or teal on Longton marsh with the prey species headless?

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    1. Hi Derek, that does ring a bell.............

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