Five days ago I photographed a young Peregrine Falcon perched on Tumbleweed and yesterday I was able to take images of what I believe is the same falcon. Throughout the years that I have been photographing birds I haven’t had many chances with these falcons so I am always excited when I can see them in my viewfinder.
The young Peregrine Falcon was perched on tintic quartzite boulders that are along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park. I liked the contrasts between the light colored boulders and the dark plumage of the Peregrine in the morning light.
I was so happy to see this young falcon because it has almost made it through the first year of its life which it the hardest on raptors. Peregrine Falcons have made a great comeback from near extinction caused by DDT. Hopefully this bird will survive and produce young of its own.
The Great Salt Lake this time of the year is full of ducks and that means that there is ample food in the area for this young Peregrine Falcon. I hope that the falcon sticks around for awhile because I would love to get images of it hunting.
There are still quite a few American Avocets on the lake and as several flocks flew over the young bird turned its head towards the sky and watched them as they passed us by.
While watching and photographing this falcon I couldn’t help but noticed how large its feet are compared to the rest of its body and I think this image shows that well.
This was one of three falcons I saw yesterday, I also saw and adult Peregrine and a juvenile Prairie Falcon and I hope to be able to get high quality images of them as well. I only saw the adult Peregrine once and I didn’t get images of it and while I did get images of the Prairie that lighting was horrible.
Life is good.