Urban Birds Part Two


Close encounters can happen almost anywhere in San Francisco.


As a photographer I’m happy and amazed at how comfortable some birds get in an urban setting. In the countryside it is a simple matter to relocate but the city offers limited green space and the birds learn to figure out what the real threats are.


Alta Plaza Park used to be a great spot to see hunting hawks up close but I think things have changed. It used to have a resident Redtail every year but I haven’t seen one lately.


Departure.


Arrival.


This image may be a repost but it fits with the theme and is one of my favorites. This is a Red-shouldered Hawk hunting rats in the Presidio.


It isn’t just raptors that reside in the city. Great Blue Herons are another “bird of prey” that make a living here too. (CLICK HERE) More tomorrow…

2 responses

  1. John Wall

    Beautiful images, Walter. I love the urban settings. We’re so lucky to have such a birdy city.

    August 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

  2. christina

    Rapture for the raptors. You make my day. Thank you.

    August 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

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