Orange County (California) Birds of Prey



The mighty Osprey

Of all the subjects I photograph, birds of prey are my favorite. These predators are birds that hunt for food primarily via flight, using their keen senses, especially vision. Many different species call Orange County, California their home. With some moderate hiking and a small dose of patience, it is possible to capture most of these magnificent feathered friends in their natural habitat.

I have attached a number of my favorite raptor photographs here, but this list is not all inclusive. Pictured are the Bald Eagle, White-tailed Kite, Great Horned Owl, Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Kestrel and the Golden Eagle. Please scroll thru the attached photos to view my collection of these beautiful creatures.

White-tailed Kite

Golden Eagle

Kestrel

Great Horned Owl

Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Red-tail Hawk

Osprey

Turkey Vulture

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Paul Marto

Paul Marto

Paul has been passionate about photography since the early 80's. Nature, wildlife and action shots are his favorites. He loves the challenge that arises from the unpredictability of his subjects when he is trying to capture the perfect wildlife moment. He is a native of California and has spent the last 28 years in Orange County. Mr. Marto grew up in Carmel Valley, so it is no surprise that he gravitated towards wildlife photography. Mountain bike riding, hiking, tennis and playing the electric guitar round out the list of pursuits for this UC San Diego graduate. He has a beautiful wife and two adorable children.Paul’s work has recently been highlighted by National Geographic, Sea & Sage Audubon Society, The Environmental Nature Center, The O.C. Register, Irvine World News, WildlifePhotographyNews.net, Irvine Valley College and Photo of the Day.com. He is a recent winner in the City of Irvine 40th Anniversary Photo Contest and his works have won numerous on line photo contests as well. Juried into a number of organizations including LagunaArt.com, AmericaFineArt.org, Artists of America, Gallery 104, RAWArtists.org and TurningArt.com. He is active within the Irvine Unified School District and gives presentations on wildlife photography."Through my photography, I am trying to bring awareness to the abundant collection of wildlife that cohabit the Orange County area. The more we know about these amazing animals and their requirements, the better prepared we will be to live a peaceful coexistence with them. I strive to present brilliant photographs of these wonderful creatures, large and small, in a way that will both inspire and educate.”

Paul Marto

Paul Marto

Paul has been passionate about photography since the early 80's. Nature, wildlife and action shots are his favorites. He loves the challenge that arises from the unpredictability of his subjects when he is trying to capture the perfect wildlife moment. He is a native of California and has spent the last 28 years in Orange County. Mr. Marto grew up in Carmel Valley, so it is no surprise that he gravitated towards wildlife photography. Mountain bike riding, hiking, tennis and playing the electric guitar round out the list of pursuits for this UC San Diego graduate. He has a beautiful wife and two adorable children.Paul’s work has recently been highlighted by National Geographic, Sea & Sage Audubon Society, The Environmental Nature Center, The O.C. Register, Irvine World News, WildlifePhotographyNews.net, Irvine Valley College and Photo of the Day.com. He is a recent winner in the City of Irvine 40th Anniversary Photo Contest and his works have won numerous on line photo contests as well. Juried into a number of organizations including LagunaArt.com, AmericaFineArt.org, Artists of America, Gallery 104, RAWArtists.org and TurningArt.com. He is active within the Irvine Unified School District and gives presentations on wildlife photography."Through my photography, I am trying to bring awareness to the abundant collection of wildlife that cohabit the Orange County area. The more we know about these amazing animals and their requirements, the better prepared we will be to live a peaceful coexistence with them. I strive to present brilliant photographs of these wonderful creatures, large and small, in a way that will both inspire and educate.”

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Ddacow Dadcow

A friend of my is coming to attend a Medical conference at LA from overseas in Feb, he really loves to view & take photos of some Birds of Prey in Los Angeles or Southern California area, would you know where are the good spots to viewing? Thanks. (He takes birds photos in China frequently)

John Schilinski
John Schilinski

i have 4 of the white tail kite birds in our area in Texas. i have a photo to share if you want.

Spizzio Real Estate
Spizzio Real Estate

Those are some fantastic photographs.

Ken_Billington

Paul, congratulations – your post gets third prize for the “Most Popular
and Widely-Read Article in Apr 2013” –
https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/most-popular-and-widely-read-articles-in-apr-2013/

Paul James Marto Jr.
Paul James Marto Jr.

Dear Monique, I have a handful of spots I frequent here in Southern California. Are you from this area? If so we should arrange to go on an Orange County safari together. 🙂

Monique Dao
Monique Dao

Where did you go to find these pretty birds to capture??

Ken_Billington

Paul, congratulations on your success in our “Most Popular and Widely-Read Articles from 2012”. Looking forward to reading more of your articles during 2013. https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/most-popular-and-widely-read-wildlife-articles-from-2012/

Minx_in_LA
Minx_in_LA

As much as I love your tiny hummingbird portraits- these bigger birds are fascinating as well! The patterns and colors in their feathers are constantly inspiring to me as an artist.Thanks for bringing their many variations in to close focus!

Dan, The Mortgage Fee Coach
Dan, The Mortgage Fee Coach

Amazing photos and information. Thanks for posting.