The Peregrine fledgelings are all flying with amazing skill for their young age. As they get better it gets much harder to capture them because they are so fast. We’re seeing them fly after the parents, sometimes with food as a lure and sometimes just following them, learning by watching and mimicking. They also seem to fly at times just for for the thrill of it. I know it thrills us! They seem to play tag, and chase with each other, all very good practice and getting them in prime condition.
After a few photos with blur spots in them I realized that the blur is really another bird, out of focus, not a spot on my lens or camera sensor, so I’ve decided to leave the blur there, since that bird was participating as much as the ones in focus.
When a parent brings
food now the fledgelings pounce, one claims it quickly, usually flying a ways away to keep it from the others.
It is sheer joy to watch these raptors fly, the chicks have learned so much so quickly it amazes us all.
As we stand in the parking lot with our cameras we answer many questions from visitors to the lighthouse area and often encourage people to look through our cameras so they can see the birds better. Of course now, viewing the birds is a lot less simple since they are flying so well but we do what we can.