Shore birds, especially egrets, were carefully watching the highest tides of the year at Carmel this weekend. Called king tides, the waves come fast and close to the shoreline, and are a warning of what the effects of global warming will do to our coast on a permanent basis. This egret is staring intently at…
Okay, Day Three and no shots of people yet, just my old standby, the brown pelican. Most of my pelican captures have them flying over me, sometimes by me but rarely, like this one, gliding below me. Took this shot with a 300 mm lens while standing on a cliff looking down on the Pacific…
At the end of the summer this year I finally “captured” a hummingbird in action. I was taken a photo of a grasshopper when a hummingbird flew over my head. Point and shoot.
I clicked the shutter countless times this year with most efforts falling into the mediocre zone. But, there were some winners, in my opinion. I’d like to devote the final few posts of the year to my favorites and, perhaps, adding reasons why they favorites over and above the fact that they were in focus.…
Humming Bird Chimes In
This humming bird pecks the garden chimes on its way to a Peruvian lily.
Wing Span of a Brown Pelican
The wing span of a brown pelican ranges from 6.5 feet to 7.5 feet. While that seems large to me, the brown pelican is the smallest of the seven species of pelicans in the world, according to bird books. This is the best shot I’ve taken of a pelican with wings spread out fully.
Big City Egret
All but one of the egrets that I have photographed over the years were in coastal waters and lagoons. The lone exception is this Big City egret that hangs out in Sacramento, California’s capital, about 90 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Saw it yesterday by a man-made duck pond that usually doesn’t have any…
Wrong Way Sparrow
I continued my second day of being unable to photograph the front of a bird. This time it was a sparrow perched on top of a solar light. It would not turn around I couldn’t sneak in front. Stalemate. Maybe I’ll switch to people. Actually, I started out decades ago exclusively taking photos of people,…
Small birds don’t like to sit for a photo, especially the Townsend warbler. This week I was able to get a well focused shot of this bird, but only from the rear–it wouldn’t turn around. My attempts to follow it were chaotic failures. But at least I got these two shots across the street from…