Just a few nuggets from the rock today. The video we posted of “Rosie,” the Shell Beach falcon, did not capture the coloring because of lighting and location. Here is a still of her the same day by Cleve Nash.
Today Cleve has been wandering around the Morro Bay State Campground looking for young horned owls which have eluded him for the last week. Not any more! Five fledglings were near an old nest site that he had watched in the past few years. These birds are so hard to see. You can be really close and miss them because of the perfect camouflage coloring. Cleve was alerted by the call of one of the young. Turning around, they were right there in front of him.
The Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, is probably the most feared enemy of the peregrine falcon, especially the young, if they are not tucked in a hole out of sight. We’d like to share more of these fascinating photographs. Please go to Cleve Nash’s website. www.clevenash.com ~Bob