Here in Newport, OR, there is a place called Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, which includes a lighthouse. Along with the lighthouse is an interpretive center with a large parking lot. A pair of Peregrine Falcons have nested on the cliff next to the parking lot and are raising 3 chicks. I helped onto this just over a week ago and have extended my stay here to watch and photograph the falcons. It’s an opportunity I just can’t dismiss. When I first got here the chicks still had a lot of down but they have now lost most of
it and are testing their wings daily.
The parents are very watchful, chasing away any birds, such as eagles, vultures, sea gulls or crows, that venture too close. While they may be less aggressive with most birds I did see the female go after an eagle full tilt even though it was slowly gliding away from the area. They just don’t take any chances.
Both parents bring food, and it is fascinating to see the female feed the chicks individually. She makes sure each one gets fed. This is happening less and less as the chicks grow, they are inclined to grab the food away when she arrives, not waiting with polite manners.
Needless to say I’m taking lots of images and I’ll post more in a few days.