Best times to photograph peregrines at Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA.

Hi Randy, You asked about the best season to watch and photograph the falcons. My favorite time is January, February and March. This is the time you’ll see high speed acrobatics by the tiercel during this courtship and breeding time. Also, many frequent copulations. Four, five or six hundred mm lens with a gimbaled tripod works best.  Also, the male will be bringing her birds.  If you want to see chicks, it’ll be early April but, they will not be visible for about three weeks after they’ve hatched. This year they hatched April 8th and fledged May 22nd. During brooding, the month of March, you only see one bird at a time except for incubation and food exchanges.  If you follow my blog, I will tell you when I see the first copulation. The earliest I have seen this is November 30th. The latest this year was January 2nd. Three years in a row they started copulating on December 26th. Any other questions about photography may be answered by Cleve Nash our resident photographer.  We have many, but he is the best.  ~

Happy trails, Bob

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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