Juvenile red tailed hawk with clean and pristine feathers

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Over the years it has been an annual rite for me to shoot the young peregrine falcons at Torrey Pines. They usually fledge late April, early May. There are normally two or three young birds hatched. It is a delight to see them learn to fly, to do food exchanges, to practice aerobatics, in fact a high point of my year.

This year, due to the pandemic, Torrey Pines State Reserve is unfortunately closed. According to my sources, only one baby hatched. He or she is flying but you can only shoot from the beach and you are not allowed to stand in one place. The upper area is still closed. I may be s.o.l. this year. Kind of a drag. Hate to break my streak.

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