Red-Tailed Hawk Taking Flight
A red-tailed hawk takes flight in search of prey.
Male American Kestrel Perched On An Aspen Tree
Nesting Pair of American Kestrels Bathed In Morning Light
Merlin in Morning Light
Winter in California provides you with a great opportunity to observe merlins as many of them winter in northern California. Merlins are in the falcon family (falco columbarius) and they are fairly easy to locate because they hunt by positioning themselves on posts to survey the territiory for potential prey. They are fierce and intensely powerful little raptors that use their speed to capture smaller birds in mid-air!
We sat in our vehicle to descreetly photograph this merlin, but it is very evident that this falcon knew we were there!
White-tailed kite on guard duty
A male white-tailed kite takes off to chase a crow away from the newly selected nesting site.
Cooper's Hawk in search of prey
A magnificent Ferruginous Hawk flys over a wide expanse of land in Grand Tetons National Park while hunting.
A male harrier cruises low over the land in search of prey.