…morning light is magic…

Peregrine Patience

Made another trip to Bolivar Flats on Friday with Sheldon to see if we would have any better luck with finding birds than on our last trip.  It was very low tide again with some wind but not too bad.  While walking out to the sandbars just before the sun came up, I spotted what looked like something sitting on a piece of PVC pipe that was sticking out of the sand.  Taking a look through my camera revealed a Peregrine Falcon perched on the piece of pipe.

We slowly walked towards him and laid down on the sand.  We were very patient with this Falcon in order to not spook him before we got closer.  We ended up spending 2 hrs watching him and crawling closer.  He faked us out several times by stretching his wings and doing his duty but he never took off.  He may have spent the night sitting on that pipe by the way that he was acting.

It was challenging to keep focused on him for that long and my neck/back/arm got very sore along with my right hand falling asleep.  Ended up rolling on my side several times to rest my neck and stomach.

We knew that the photos of him sitting on the pipe wouldn’t be very good with the unnatural perch so we waited very patiently until he took off.  He was facing into the wind and we were laying in front of him hoping that he would fly towards us, however he took off in the opposite direction.  It was disappointing but it’s always cool to see one of these birds and sometimes you have to take what you can get.  My old body is still paying the price from that outing with a very sore back/neck.

Luckily we found a more cooperative Reddish Egret on our way back to our cars.  I’ll post some photos of him later.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

All photos are aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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4 responses

  1. Your patience is incredible–I would have bailed much earlier.

    February 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    • Thanks Stephen. I wouldn’t have stayed that long for a shorebird but Peregrine Falcons are a bird that I don’t see that often so he gets special treatment.

      February 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

  2. Glad to know one is back at Bolivar. Good eye.

    February 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    • Thanks David. I’ve seen him a couple of times this season.

      March 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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