Brown pelicans may love to confront the ocean’s surf, but it is a lousy place to dry off, so they spend time in the sun on the Carmel River where they shed themselves of excess moisture before taking of to forage along the coast.
A brown pelican flies over the Carmel River Lagoon and into the sun yesterday with a beady blue eye. Note how the end of its bill is yellow.
Cold winds sweep over Carmel River State Beach. Pelicans and sea gulls enjoying the absence of humans, flock to surf’s edge. Almost unseen in all of this are tiny birds burrowing in the sand–the endangered snow plover. Researchers claim there are only about 2,500 snowy plovers along the Pacific Coast. Therefore, it was refreshing toContinue reading “The Snowy Plovers Are Back”
On November 15 and 16 the highest tides of the year are expected along the Monterey Coast. In preparation for this event, brown pelicans and a few sea gulls challenge the rough surf at Carmel River State Beach. The birds wait for the last second to take off before the surf crashes on the deeplyContinue reading “The Games Pelicans Play”
The California Valley Quail enjoys walking while resorting to flight when the situation calls for it. Here is a shot I took this week of a quail walking confidently on a coastal oak branch. Note how the bird blends in with the bark.
A seagull is dwarfed and outnumbered by brown pelicans at the Carmel River Lagoon.
Sometimes the egret is too white–the lack of detail in the white makes the bird look flat like the shot in the middle. The photo on the right is cropped too tightly. But the one on the left was shot just right. I find it takes dozens and dozens of photo attempts to get theContinue reading “Photographing the White Egret”
Flowers are coated with soot from three nearby fires. I still see hummingbirds at work although this photo was taken before the burning started and a few months before the pandemic hit but after an earthquake struck. I miss the old hummingbird days.
After thousands of bird shots, I try to change the perspective to capture the viewer’s eye–that’s my theory at least. In this photo it appears that a California towhee is aware it is being photographed, but not is about to leave its august perch and maybe I should get that camera out of here. Okay,Continue reading “A Bird’s Eye View”