Posts Tagged ‘raptor’

OMG, OWLS! The Celebrated Standing Owlet of San Francisco County: Our Great Horned Owl Family at Stow Lake

Monday, April 11th, 2011

In compliance with the request of a friend of mine who wrote me from the East, I ascended Stow Lake’s Strawberry Hill* the other day to photograph with my iPhone** the Famous Great Horned Owl Family of Stow Lake 2011.

Thusly.

That’s the baby mama on the left, the oldest owlet on the right and the other three chicks inbetwixt:

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Oh, what’s that, you want to see some good photos instead? Well how about this one from Glenn Nevill’s 500mm 4.0? Or this set from Mark Brunig? And here’s the TowheeBlog.

Now, I thought that the existences of dees boids was spr skrt but once something hits the ‘Xam, you can’t call it that anymore. So, go up to the waterfall level and then head to the northwest. The dead branch on the crazy tree points to the nest:

O.K., Bon Courage, owls!

*Did Strawberry Hill get its name before it became an island? I think so. It must have, actually.

**Just kidding – I’d never buy an iPhone. But thanks for waiting in line and paying $600 and an extra $30 a month to T and putting up with T’s spotty coverage over the years. My 4G Samsung’s all the better for it, early adopter.

The Raptor Nests of San Francisco City Hall – Will We Have Our Own “Pale Male?” – Chicks in Spring 2011?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Well, it turns out that City Hall, home of the Biggest Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere,*is also home to raptor nests. Check out the Polk side of the northeast corner. See all that straw and whatnot? That’s your raptor nest.

Truth be told, all of our hawks and falcons in the area are pretty much the same boid, so they look pretty much the same. But I’d venture to say that this critter is a red tailed hawk, or a red-shouldered, or one of them peregrine falcons, something in that area.

Anywho, this raptor seemed awful interested in this nest this AM.

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Same critter, but on the north side.

Here’s another angle of the nest on our crumbly City Hall. (Can you see the nightmare-fuel cow’s skull complete with assorted cow skull icons?)

If you like urban birds of prey, look forward to this new joint opening December 10, 2010 in the bay area:

THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE documents the mysterious power possessed by a single red-tailed hawk to open the eyes and hearts of die-hard city dwellers to the wonders of nature. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park with a wild redtail hawk, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. He buys a video camera and sets out to track the hawk, and after almost twenty years, realizes he has been led down many trails of life, death, birth, hope, and redemption. THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE is a Balcony Releasing film, runs for 85 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.

Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes an obsession and a metaphor for triumph against the odds. His posh 5th Avenue nest starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination until, on a December afternoon without warning, the building management dismantles PaleMale’s beloved nest. In a wingbeat, media from around the world assemble on 5th Avenue to cover the unprecedented protest. Gathering behind Pale Male is an army of birdwatchers, movie stars, poets, children, dogs, and late night comedy show hosts. What unfolds next, as they say, could only happen in New York.”

*Yes, bigger than the U.S. Capitol rotunda. I mean, natch, that was the whole point. We bad.

This Raptor is Single-Handedly Keeping the Gopher Population Down in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This hawk was able to capture and eat two pocket gophers in the space of about five minutes in Golden Gate Park the other day.

We’d probably be overrun with gophers by now if it weren’t for our hungry hawks.

Yet another serving of roditore carpaccio:

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Does This Show the World’s Smallest Raptor or the World’s Biggest Dragonfly?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

This has got to be the tiniest raptor I’ve ever seen in San Francisco.

Or maybe the damselfly in its talons was just really, really big?

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Maybe it’s both.

On the wing avec another victim a little later with the fog coming in:

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Dragonflies – it’s what’s for dinner.

The Youngest Raptor in the Panhandle Yearns for Craig Newmark’s Backyard

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

This hungry juvenile hawk (red-tailed? red-shouldered? red-something anyway) perched on a Eucalyptus tree in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle has stopped screeching for its parents’ food and started hunting on its own.  

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If only it knew about Craig Newmark‘s nearby backyard, a veritable smorgasbord of delicious boids (a smorgasbird, if you will) that’s just up the hill. Here’s a recent menu du jour.

Happy hunting, little raptor.

The Hungry Raptors of Golden Gate Park

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Scratch one Strybing pigeon:

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Now Just What is this Hawk Eating, High Above Golden Gate Park?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

This female hawk on Strawberry Hill / Island (it was already named before it became an island) in the middle of Golden Gate Park‘s Stow Lake is feasting on something.

Can you guess what it is?  

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See you after the jump.

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The Watchful Raptors of Golden Gate Park

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Most of time you can’t see them.

But they’re there, watching you, that’s for sure.

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As seen in Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park