I am going under the small knife with a procedure in just a couple days and will need a little recuperation. It was now or never.
I drove down in drizzly rain, arrived at Torrey Pines a little after six and walked down from the parking on the highway. I had the beach to myself. High on the hill to my east I could see two of the three peregrine youngsters bobbing on the bluff top.
I walked back to my van and drove to the self pay for my twenty dollar pass into the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Forgot my license plate but got close. Would see if I had better luck up top.
Sometimes a good sign, sometimes the only bird you will see all day. You really never know in this business.
Saw birds once or twice but they were not very active, frankly they were really being quite coy. Sky stayed overcast all morning.
We had nothing to do but wait. There is a lot of waiting involved in the hunting business, whether your primary tool is a rifle or camera.
People are under the impression that we call these lovely creatures in like Doctor Doolittle but it really doesn't happen that way. Still need a dollop of luck and/or providence.
I did catch this beautiful young falcon cruise by on nascent wings.
An hour went by, then two, then three. The birds were right below us on the ledge but not active. I had met Ken in the morning, a fellow Nikoner and a retired I.T. guy. We talked a bunch about various things and he finally packed it up and headed for home.
A few minutes later a young couple came by and said there was a young peregrine perched way over in another part of the preserve. I decided to make something happen, hiked over with my heavy gear, no guts, no glory. Found nothing of course. Turned out to be a red tailed hawk.
My left knee, which is bone on bone at this point and killing me, was just about to collapse, but I decided to make one more trail loop before I too headed for the exit.
I was famished, had not eaten since I made a paltry snack for dinner last night. I called Tracy and Stanley up and we had a nice lunch at Paon in Carlsbad. I am headed home to take a nap, a successful shoot now squarely in the bag. Peregrine fledging is definitely one of my favorite times of the year.
Glad you caught the close-up ... beautiful shots ... congrats, Robert! Nice talking to you today and thx for the photo tips. I met the same couple you mentioned on the way out and walked over to high point ... yup, a juvie red-tail. Good luck with your surgery. - Ken Blackford.
Fantastic photos! Worth the wait.
Honestly your photos are marvelous, every one of them. I enjoy them so much. - Diane O
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