Besides watching for rocks everywhere, I also like to watch for anything else that might catch my eye. People–watching is always fun, and I am forever on the lookout for interesting architecture. In particular, though, I like to watch for birds. Sibley’s Guide to Birds is second only to Glossary of Geology for the most–referenced book on my shelf.
I saw this next bird on the same trip when I was actually at Point Reyes. I was taking my time walking down the 300 steps to the lighthouse and paused at one of the small viewing platforms along the way. It is definitely a peregrine falcon. For around fifteen minutes I snapped a couple dozen images while I watched it and it watched me. Falcons are known for speed and power in flight, hunting medium–sized birds in open areas of the coastal cliffs.
Surf scoters are common along the entire North American west coast from Alaska to Baja. I watched this group of four bob about in the surf on my walk down to the Point Reyes lighthouse. One of them probably would undoubtedly have made a good lunch for a peregrine falcon!
If you like taking photos of our feathered friends please leave a comment! I would love to hear about it.