Yesterday, there was a ruby-throated hummingbird at a feeder in a neighbors yard. I wasn’t able to get close–the bird jetted away–but at least I got this shot. Hummingbirds have a high rate of metabolism that requires the consumption of nectar every day, so, nectar feeders are good, provided they are kept clean and haveContinue reading “Feeders Help Hummingbirds”
On most mornings I walk to the local lagoon to see wildlife and the fog. Yesterday, with Ivan on leash, egrets sailed overhead while I stood on lagoon’s edge. Clicked the camera while the Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” blared away from a camper van in the parking lot, about thirty feet away. TheContinue reading “The Local Lagoon”
Egrets at the Carmel Lagoon had competition this week from a double-created cormorant. Note, the water droplets on this goose-like bird’s neck–it had swum about 20 feet underwater in its search fish.
Visited by a large number of chipping sparrows yesterday. Found one that decided to break away from the crowd. It didn’t appear to mind being photographed. Click!
My bird app says the black turnstone hunts for food in the strip of rocks and beach at the Pacific Ocean’s end and that was exactly what I saw yesterday at Spanish Bay Beach. The turnstones were busy, seemingly not aware of the high winds and pounding surf that kept humans far away.
Here are egrets stalking prey. Intense looks.
I rarely see the small and colorful green heron on the coast, but I did capture this one inland in Sacramento atop a water lily cage.
Made it! And so did this snowy plover, defenseless and endangered on the beach. Fortunately for the plover it is not the kind of weather that attracts their unwilling enemy: humans. Peace, good health to all.
There I am, rolling down a hill along with my camera, having slipped off a cliff on the last day of a very bad year, or so I briefly imagined as I started off on a hike with Ivan. Instead, the sky was a deep blue with birds flying everywhere. I raised the camera quicklyContinue reading “Final Photo of 2020”