Rare find…

Rare find...

After thousands of birders, twitchers and shutterbugs from a dozen states have worn out the streets of a little roadside hamlet called Santa Claus Lane, well, he’s not so rare any more. The bird I’m speaking of, a juvenile Gray Hawk (Asturina nitida), put this little burg on the map. Cleve Nash, our contributing photographer extraordinaire had filmed this hawk several times in the last few weeks, but like a true naturalist couldn’t get a shot without a man-made structure in the photo which he detests vehemently. The shot you see here was taken after he flew from a chain-linked post to a rock behind a 6 foot chain-linked fence. Hand-held he focused though one of the small squares in the fence and bingo! This is the first recorded sighting of a gray hawk in California. They are normally in Mexico, sometimes frequent in southwest Texas and New Mexico areas.
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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2 Responses to Rare find…

  1. Pam says:

    Absolutely fantastic photo and what a beautfiul bird!

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