Shell Beach peregrines with a pigeon

Video by Cleve Nash

June 30, 2012  We are still inundated in fog half way down the rock. Visitors coming to see falcons on a Saturday afternoon are relegated to looking at superb photographs. However 15 miles down the coast in Shell Beach, it is bright and sunny and 2 of our contributing  photographers, Cleve Nash and Bob Mancuso,  are taking video and still shots of a pair of adult falcons. They wondered if we liked sitting in the soup in Morro Bay. We replied “Not Exactly.” because Bob received notice on his parking place by a passing seagull. Yuk!

The video shows the pigeon that the female brought into her perch. Meanwhile the male patiently waited for a tidbit. She eventually gave it up.

The female is brightly colored with some rather different colors. Cleve called her “Rosy” for the blush of breast feathers that were on either side of her breastbone.  Normally they are a bright white.     -Bob, Cleve and Heather

About Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch

We are a 501(c)3 charitable educational organization. We raise scholarship funds for CalPoly students studying biology. The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is here to inform birders, students and all people who are eager to know about these handsome peregrines. We want you to enjoy and be able to use our on-site powerful spotting scopes. We are available to answer your questions about the pair of falcons that have been observed for many years.
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