Expecting Sea Gulls
When you walk down a dark alley in a bad part of town, expect trouble. If you live near the ocean, expect sea gulls–this one is on a bathroom skylight.
A California Valley quail blends nicely with a mailbox. The mail is usually delivered in the early afternoon while the quail delivers its squawking alarms in the early morning.
Green Hummingbird Up Close
Usually the hummingbird, sensing a cameraman approaches, jets away. Maybe it was the allure of a Peruvian lily, but this time the bird stayed in place while I clicked away.
End of Day
Pelicans on an ocean outcrop watch the sun set off the coast of Carmel.
Sometimes I wander down to the Carmel River Lagoon and watch the egrets hunt and “dance”.
Scrub Jay Takes a Bath
Photos tell the story.
Egret’s Disappearing Leg
Took this shot of an egret with one leg showing. A minute earlier it had two legs. Egrets and other species of birds stand on one leg with the other tucked among feathers to maintain warmth–blood flow from the leg is cold compared to blood flow through feathered parts of the bird.
Mourning Dove Nests in Garage
A few days ago I posted about the strange places that mourning doves choose to nest. Yesterday, I visited my son and his family where they showed me their newest boarder, a mourning dove nesting on top of a garage door opener motor. Apparently, it has been there for about two weeks with its new…
Snowy Plover Up Close
I usually don’t see the snowy plover until I’m a few feet away from it. I simply don’t look down much when walking on the beach. This threatened species of bird nests along the shoreline of states bordering the Pacific Ocean. The pandemic may have helped the plover propagate as beaches, until the last month,…