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Photowalk: Hawk Migration at Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands

The largest known flight of daytime raptors (hawks, falcons, vultures, merlins, etc.) takes place every autumn  at Hawk Hill, the 920 foot peak on the Marin side the Golden Gate Bridge channel.  It’s a fantastically beautiful place as well. See directions below and our Marin Headlands Map for exact location and Marin Headlands page for more pictures.

Approximately 30,000 birds of prey of 19 species fly across here every fall during their southern migration.  Hawks generally avoid crossing bodies of water because there are rarely warm thermals to help minimize their flying efforts.  These birds end up at Hawk Hill because they are funneled down the Marin Peninsula and this ends up being the highest point with some updrafts above the shortest bay crossing.

From September 10 to October 10 is the peak timewhen dozens to hundreds of birds of prey will cross every hour.  Best time viewing is from 10 am from 2 pm on clear days.  Bring your jacket since the weather can be nippy, binoculars, and bird field guide.  Dogs on leash are allowed.

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We will meet on Hawk Hill -- here are the directions:

Hawk Hill is only minutes from San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate Bridge.   Look at the map and figure out how to get on Conzelman Road, near the northwest end of Golden Gate Bridge.  Drive up to the top of Conzelman Road and park at the top just before Conzelman becomes one-way.  From here you will will need to walk through the tunnel (you’ll see it) and up to the top of Hawk Hill above the parking area.  See the Marin Headlands Map and the Hawk Hill Map.

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  • Ron B.

    We had fun despite the fog. Talked to an intern from the raptor observatory (http://www.parksconservancy.org/programs/ggro/) Then went down to Point Bonita and did see some turkey vultures and one peregrine falcon.

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • Ron B.

      Woohoo! What do I win? :) Seriously though, should George and I (and others) upload pics to this meetup?

      September 23, 2014

    • Sally C.

      Yes!!!!!

      September 23, 2014

  • George M.

    Well, it was foggy, but I met a few of us, and enjoyed the fog. Fort Cronkite and the drive and walking around the Headlands was great. Took a lot of photos.

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • George M.

      got some good shots, including birds. Now what do i do with them??

      September 22, 2014

  • Sally C.

    Wow I am so thrilled some of you found each other. I made a wrong turn and ended up on the loooong one-way road around the headlands. Did see the WWII outpost and I also got a lot of great shots, just no birds. Thanks for making the trip and sorry I missed you!

    September 22, 2014

  • George M.

    It was foggy, but took a tour of the Headlands and had a great time.

    1 · September 21, 2014

  • Rony L.

    Sorry could not make it

    September 20, 2014

  • G Dan M.

    Sorry I couldn't make it after all!

    September 20, 2014

  • Sally C.

    Parked by the tunnel. GG is really thick so I don't think we will see much. But the WWII fort is worth seeing and the beautiful views.

    September 20, 2014

  • Rony L.

    Thanks a lot for organizing this photowalk. Any recommended lens that you would want us to bring?

    I have a 18-55 and[masked]mm lens. Will that be enough?

    September 19, 2014

    • Ron B.

      Of course it depends on what kinds of images you're trying for and how close you can get to the subjects. I think if you're trying to isolate a single bird with a lot of detail then you might want to bring something longer than 200mm, if possible.

      2 · September 19, 2014

    • Rony L.

      Thanks Ron but it's too late to borrow a lens or even rent it for tomorrow photowalk

      September 19, 2014

  • Karen B.

    Thank you for putting together and hosting these walks. Incredible.

    1 · September 8, 2014

    • Sally C.

      Awww you're sweet! They're fun for me, too!

      September 8, 2014

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