I still have a hard time believing what I saw on a trail in the Sutter Buttes. A dead oak tree was riddled what looked like bullets from a shotgun, but, so I was told, those holes were made and then filled with acorns courtesy of woodpeckers. Maybe it was a practice tree because theContinue reading “Nature’s Buckshot…”
I was raking leaves around noon yesterday when I spotted a red tailed hawk perched in one of the tallest trees in Sacramento, a city of a million-plus. Assumed it was looking for its next meal. I took a few photos, but was too far away to get a detailed shot. I ran inside toContinue reading “Looking for Lunch…”
Here’s one of my favorite shots of wild turkeys in Sacramento. I took this inside an office building near the Sacramento River. The turkeys were in no hurry to get to work.
This great white egret looked like it had one leg until it didn’t. Sometimes they tuck one leg under their chest, but this one stood perfectly still with its legs matched up perfectly.
There were about a dozen brown pelicans at the end of Carmel River yesterday morning when I reached the river beach with the dogs on leash. Then over the next ten minutes over 150 more pelicans flew in, most from the direction of Point Lobos. It clearly was some kind of convention, perhaps, mapping outContinue reading “Pelican Convention”
While 90 percent of my photos of brown pelicans are of a singleton in flight, in truth, they usually have a partner, or are often in a large group. So, I’d like to know about those times when a pelican, alone in flight, is gliding along the coast until it joins other pelicans on anContinue reading “Side by Side”
The California Brown Pelican was removed from the endangered list in January 2009. I took this photo six years ago to celebrate in my own way the triumphant recovery of this magnificent bird. Wanted to capture the wing span, close to 80-inches, that to me, gives the pelican an eagle-like look when it glides alongContinue reading “The California Brown Pelican”
What I know about the California sea gull comes from books and personal experience. They are bold and unafraid to swoop down on unattended French fires at an outdoor restaurant, even if people are seated by the food. The darker sea gulls, called juveniles, take around four years to take on the white and greyContinue reading “Juvenile California Sea Gulls”
The western snowy plover is a trusting small bird that likes a sandy beach for nesting, not always a good choice. At least in the Carmel area the plover picks the Carmel River State Beach which is much less used than its famous counterpart, Carmel-by-the-Sea beach. I saw quite a few snowy plovers this weekContinue reading “Western Snowy Plovers at the Beach”