When I want to watch brown pelicans fly, I go to the base of the Carmel River where these birds gather daily before gliding over the ocean for food. I took these photos yesterday.
If you put water out, they will find it–the scrub jays that is. I filled the bird bath up three times yesterday. The jays splash around until the water is practically gone. These photos are of a scrub jay registering dismay at the lack of water service on my part. It knows I am behindContinue reading “Scrub Jays Like Bathing”
This egret is focused on what’s ahead under the water, so much so that it doesn’t appear to know, or care that I am taking a photo.
Brown pelicans fly in V-formation until they approach a water landing spot, then they circle, each at different heights, before splashing down individually, this time on the Carmel River.
After spotting a black oystercatcher yesterday for the first time in nearly six years at Carmel State Beach, I returned with my camera hoping to get a well-focused photo; instead, brown pelicans flew overhead–no oystercatchers sighted.
Yesterday, I saw the unexpected at Carmel State Beach. I only had my phone, so I took a video of a black oystercatcher on the beach. I hadn’t seen one in nearly six years, consistent with reports of a decline in the species which nests in rocks along the northwest coastline. I know it’s justContinue reading “The Unexpected”
The Townsend’s warbler enjoys the brush plant known as “Carmel Creeper” which grows everywhere in the Carmel area. This hardy ground cover attracts various insects to the delight of birds.
A great white egret at the Carmel River Lagoon appears to be flying over two mallards. I marvel at how different species get along with each other. The egret actually landed on the log and let the ducks drift in peace.
Birds, from this towhee to quails, like perching on mailboxes. Maybe the metal surface feels good, or, perhaps, birds enjoy perching on a thousand one places.