It’s a rainy Monday, sheltering in, again, hoping for some positive signs that the pandemic is slowing. For some reason my wandering mind took me back to one of my favorite photos of a wood duck. I find the design to be almost unreal, but then I’ve only ever seen photos of a mandarin duck,Continue reading “The Wood Duck”
While I watched two wild rabbits in our “magical” front yard yesterday, a small bird took a bath nearby. Turns out it was a golden-crowned sparrow which I had never photographed before. Nice.
This scrub jay would prefer that I not be in our backyard. I can see it on its face–not a happy camper. Of course, the real story is that the jay is waiting for me to leave so it can dunk itself in a bird bath.
I went to photograph the wild rabbit waiting for its daily meal of ivy, but found a sparrow in the rabbit’s place, patient and unafraid, to a point. I put a handful of ivy on the oak stump–the bird hopped into the bushes like a rabbit. A half-hour later most of the ivy was gone,Continue reading “Patience…”
As I drove for the first time to the parking lot of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, I was greeted by a great egret stalking prey. This spot, a few miles west of Sacramento, is a photographer’s dream. Although I’ve seen birds here for decades while zipping down the freeway that goes over this marshland,Continue reading “Great Egret Stalking…”
There are many more seagulls than brown pelicans in the Monterey Bay, save for this one shot. Seagulls are not shy and will go where the food is, even if that means butting in on much larger fish-eating birds.
The great egret eats practically anything that fits in its mouth. It is a solitary hunter and I often see one stalking prey in the Carmel River Lagoon. I enjoy photographing this bird which usually lets me get close, provided I move slowly and practice silence.
This scrub jay has an acorn in its beak atop the roof of the Carmel Mission. The bird appears so confident and proud to have a nut he won’t be able to crack.
As I raise the camera to capture the scrub jay overhead, I acknowledge that once again I am not meeting my 2020 resolution to photograph people more than birds. Well, for one people don’t sit on electrical wires. And there is always tomorrow.