This snowy egret is hoping to catch a meal during low tide, despite the rough surf. The agitation of the ocean waters creates a snow-like foam that settles between rocks and on kelp, a dynamic that doesn’t bother this bird.
People tend not to look up. This habit explains why the spectacularly colored red-shouldered hawk went virtually undetected on a busy Carmel street yesterday. This bird was perched near the top of a tall fir tree, but easy to see from the street. In my opinion this hawk is more orange than red.
Depending on what bird app, or field guide I use, this is a photo of a Savannah sparrow, a White-Crowned female sparrow, or a Gold-Crowned sparrow. Such a small bird, such controversy in this day and age of quick online info. My gut says it’s s the white-crowned female. Do I hear a second?
The Carmel River Lagoon was awash yesterday with snowy egrets hunting for food now that the high wind rain storms have passed.
Monterey County says it is home to 489 bird species, the most in the country. I’ve only managed to capture on film about 20 percent of the species total. But yesterday I added a new one for me: the Black-Crowned Night Heron. I took this shot from the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean.Continue reading “Black-Crowned Night Heron”
To prevent flooding and help spawning fish during the rainy season, bulldozers cut a channel to allow the Carmel River to flow into the Pacific Ocean. The result is a rushing river that doesn’t bother the sanderling. These shore birds stand confidently on slippery rocks while combing the water for food. In a few monthsContinue reading “The Sanderling”
I didn’t see them at first: tiny birds “hiding” in hollowed out foot prints yesterday at Carmel State Beach. I quietly backed away and took a few shots with a telephoto lens. The snowy plover is on the threatened species list primarily for its nesting habits. The bird likes to nest on beaches, making itContinue reading “The Snowy Plover Returns”
Through the years I’ve seen mourning doves nest in strange places, but none odder than in a clay pot hanging on the front of my garage. This dove is a prolific breeder with a trial and error approach to finding safe spots for giving birth. It has an estimated population of 350 million in theContinue reading “The Mourning Dove”
The Sacramento Zoo and its bird exhibit is a minute’s walk from this public pond where I spotted a green heron hunting for fish. Is the zoo missing a green heron? If not, this bird, with the coloring of something you might see in the tropics, would be a good addition, although I’m opposed toContinue reading “The Green Heron”