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Peregrine falcon        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This adult female peregrine hung around the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in southern California during the winter of 2020-2021.   She was extremely unconcerned with people (as long as they stayed in vehicles) and, very conveniently, often perched on some low snags nicely positioned to receive ideal morning light.   She would sit, doze, look around, and preen, sometimes for hours, despite an audience of several photographers in nearby parked cars.   About once a day she would bestir herself to catch a coot, which usually took all of 20 seconds or so. She appears to have slightly different coloration in these photos, due to the rapidly changing color balance of early morning light, and the effects of backlighting and flash on some images.
      Lots more (too many?) peregrine pictures on these pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

  • Canon 7D2 or 5D4; 800 mm IS lens, most with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2020-2021)