Thanks everyone. Hawkwatch is a free seminar put on my the Wildlife Research Institute to introduce the general public to raptors and to gain support or their raptor conservation efforts.IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com …derport%2002.jpg&lb=1&s=A
During the event, I was privileged to witness a Red Tail Hawk chase off a Turkey Vulture who had ventured too close to the hawk's nesting area.
I also witnessed (through a 40X scope) a Mama Bald Eagle siting on her nest. The biologists said that the young eaglets will hatch in about five weeks from now,
There was also a demonstration in which they suspended a quail's wing on a string below a high flying drone and had a Pegerine Falcon fly up and nail the wing. That was impressive...
The event takes place during January and February when migratory raptors are in Winter residence in Southern California.
I learn a lot every time I attend but, this is he first time that I have me a Gyrfalcon. What an absolutely beautiful bird!
They have wonderful biologist lead trips all over the world with one trip leaving for a two week stay in Panama to view and photograph the bids down there.
Unfortunately my ancient 77 (almost 78) year old legs are not up to his type of trip and I would be a drag on the rest of the group.
I learned that falconer's train their birds at Torrey Pines, on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. When I saw this training for the first time, my longest focal length I had with me was 70mm on a full frame camera. The falconer requested that the viewers stay way from his bird so I really could not get a decent shot...
Next time, I'll have my 100-400mm lens on my 7D2.