I've enjoyed photographing these Peregrine Falcons that nest along the cliffs in
southern California at a number of locations. These cliff nests allow us to
photograph the parents and fledglings as they fly, hunt, and feed - many times
at eye level. They
are fascinating birds as they perform aerobatics and high G turns with ease.
We spend the morning shooting the falcons at either San Pedro or Rancho Palos
Verdes, then we head
over to Huntington Beach after lunch to shoot songbirds there. Beyond the
normal songbirds and raptors, Huntington Beach also has a large population of
African and Asian exotics that live and nest here in the summer: Orange Bishop,
Nutmeg Manniken, Pin-tailed Whydah, Orange-cheeked Waxbills, and the Red-whiskered
We meet at either my home in Tulare for those riding south to Los
Angeles with me, or in Los Angeles itself if you live closer. We travel down
to photograph the falcons and have lunch in
Huntington Beach. We usually finish around 3pm or so.
The deposit is 50% via check, Paypal, or credit card, and
the balance is due halfway between the deposit date and the
safari date unless you are booking within 3 months, then
full payment is due. Check the main safari page for other
information. Spouses can ride/walk along at no charge,
but you must have your own vehicle to travel in.
This is a 1 day safari.
I've spent my 38-year wildlife photography
career shooting in the American West. The first 23
years shooting out of Utah, the past 15 years out of
California. With 1500 published photo credits, dozens
of magazine covers and article, and a lifetime wandering the
roads of the west, the photo safaris that I lead are all to
the best locations, at the best times, during peak wildlife
weather on the coast can change so dress in layers, though
we should have cool mornings and pleasant afternoons, and
possibly the marine layer or fog. Light shooting
gloves can make the photography much easier and more
comfortable if its cool.
It is exciting to photograph these peregrine
falcons. I'm always looking for an aerial food exchange as the
parents bring back food to their fledglings. The young birds
are constantly screaming for food, flying to-and-fro, and giving us