|Hawk hunting for food|
Taking advantage of the daylight savings change I decided to stop at the Escondido trail head near Lake Hodges on the way home from work and see how the trail system is doing. It has been 4-5 years since I was last there, running in the Lake Hodges 50k trail race a few years in a row.
Within a mile of walking on the trails I saw a hawk circling above and around a small mountain area. I stopped to take a few pictures, it was obvious he was hunting for food in the field below. After 20 minutes or so I noticed he was not circling back around to my side on the mountain any longer. I figured he was off hunting somewhere else so I continued further down the trail and around the mountain. Turns out he had caught a rabbit and was in a tree eating his dinner.
After a few pictures of the hawk eating the rabbit (and fighting off the crows) it was time to turn back and head home. On the way back I saw another smaller hawk, a Turkey Vulture, a White-tailed Kite and so many different kinds of other birds I gave up keeping track of them. As the sun started to set I heard coyotes howling up in the foothills.
I spent a lot of time trying to research what types of birds and hawks I saw but was really unsure after looking at so many different variants of hawks that exist, If you know more about hawks and can identify which species they are please leave me a comment..thank you!
|Hawk hunting for food|
|Hawk zeroing in to catch something|
|Hawk still searching for game in the field|
|A Turkey Vulture swoops into the field also|
|Many birds are in the San Dieguito River Valley|
|This seems to be a smaller hawk, maybe a different species or a juvenile|
|This hawk looks serious|
|Interpretive sign that indicates Golden Eagles live in the area|
|This hawk finally catches a rabbit in the field|
|Hawk showing off his catch to me as I watch from afar|
|This rabbit was large|
|The hawk easily holds the rabbit on the limb while he eats|
|The hawk knows I am watching, he stares at me every second|
|Cool moon in the sky|
|A White-tailed Kite was also hunting the fields for food|
|Man I'm fast..!|
|Funky bug on the Fiddleneck plants|
|These bugs were about the size of a grain of rice|
|These spiky weeds are growing everywhere right now|
|Spiky weeds..I think they look cool|
|Mandatory scat with bones picture|
wow, wish I had seen a hawk and rabbit! Very cool!ReplyDelete
Thanks Peter..I wish I had your 500mm f4 lens..!!ReplyDelete
BTW, you take some amazing wildlife pictures!!
Sticky Weeds? Those are the fabulous Red Filaree ! One of CA finest pasture crops !ReplyDelete
A Weed is an ancient sentient being, far far smarter than we are ! ;-)