Birds of prey of Coyote Valley

I am currently in a Wildlife Science field study program in which teams of students work in the field, looking for the fauna in a certain area in Santa Clara County. In the class that I am in right now, we are looking for birds migrating through and wintering Coyote Valley. We saw some pretty incredible creatures on our first day in the field, including a golden eagle pair, two peregrine falcons hunting, probably 20 red-tailed hawks, a ferruginous hawk, two harriers, a few kestrels, a very hungry little loggerhead shrike, a white-tailed kite and a few western bluebirds. Although I was not able to get shots of everything, a few of the birds managed to find themselves in the way of my camera lense.

red-tailed hawk
red-tailed hawk
male golden eagle
male golden eagle
female golden eagle
female golden eagle
loggerhead shrike, hunting in an abandoned agg field
loggerhead shrike, or the butcher bird, hunting for fat caterpillars in an abandoned agg field
Gorgeous red-tail, sitting on a cedar
Gorgeous red-tail, perched on a cedar

incredible red-tail, perched on some cedars

Sorry if you think it's gross, I think it's cool. It's a gopher head that one of the raptors dropped as they flew overhead.
Sorry if you think it’s gross, I think it’s cool. It’s a gopher head that one of the raptors dropped as they flew overhead.

 

 

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