For 15 years or so my building has hosted a breeding pair of Perigrine Falcons. Last year their brood successfully flew the coop and I sometimes hear the calls of little Billy, Bob & Barry in the area .... Mom & Dad are once again sitting on eggs or getting ready to and I CANNOT wait to catch a glimpse of their ugly fluffy squishy babies right here at eye level from my balcony when they hatch soon. Thanks to my #Nikon with 80x zoom. They only incubate for about a month and the chicks go from fluff to flight in around 42 days so it’s a short time to see as much as possible. .
This morning Mom popped out off the shaded ledge into the sun to say hello 👋.
FAST FACT: Peregrine falcons are the fastest recorded bird 🦅 of prey in the world, by their dive speed of 200miles/hr!!! .
Wonder what I’ll name this years baby lot...hmmmm🤔
#birdsofprey#hatchlings#peregrinefalcon#birdphotos#instabirds#birdwatching#urbanbirds#luckyme#citysafari#ilovenature but not so much when they ripping a rats eyes out 💩😱 #imapescatarean
Have you heard a raucous caw-caw-caw sound lately? The large billed crows (Corvus macrorhynchos), locally known as uwak, are vocalizing a lot these past few days! You can easily identify this bird by its all black appearance and also by its disproportionately larger beak compared to its head size. Crows (and ravens) are often associated with the gothic, ominous, and the macabre but they are actually very sociable birds! This one in the photo was actually with a group of five other crows hopping about in a mango tree on campus! They are also one of the most intelligent – they have relatively larger forebrains (region for analytical thought) which endows them with great memory, problem solving skills, and a capacity for creating and using tools - for example using pieces of metal wire to create a hook to get food! Isn’t that amazing? We hope you see and hear our campus crows, especially in the coming weeks, as a sign of good luck for the exams to come!
On my way to Discovery Park this morning I walked through a residential neighborhood. I heard knocking and spotted this Woodpecker hammering away about 15 feet up in a tree bordering a public sidewalk. I had my new camera with me and decided to shoot some video. The Red-breasted Sapsucker gets its name by creating sap holes which you can see here above its head. Those sap holes provide food for them and Hummingbirds as well, an Anna’s Hummingbird was feeding in the holes left by this hard working bird as I was filming. On a side note pretty thrilled with my new camera☺️