More Common Views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

A few days ago, I shared some images of the less common sightings at these 2 major refuges on the Pacific Flyway. But, the usual suspects were there also. Today, I will share a few images from this set.

Regards,

Larry

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Less Common views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Reserve

Our visit to the Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges found us in fog an low light. These conditions make photography more difficult but also present some interesting opportunities for unique and special images. Additionally, on this visit, we were treated to some birds that we don’t normally see. I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Standoff at Sacramento NWR

No, not government agents vs. protestors. On Jan 7th, Donna and I visited the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge near Willows, CA.  The highlight of the trip was a standoff between a peregrine falcon, a gull, and a Turkey Vulture. The falcon was standing guard over a female mallard. It was not clear if he brought it down himself or found it. Regardless, he was guarding his prize. The first interloper was the turkey vulture. He made some strafing runs at the falcon and was able to drive him off for a short period of time, but the falcon eventually prevailed. The second interloper was a gull, possibly a herring gull. It was a lot more reticent. It mostly stood watch while the falcon ate. But, he did try one attack. The falcon would have nothing of it and expressed his displeasure. In the end, the falcon consumed his meal while the vulture and gull looked on. We left before any battle over the leftovers ensued. There wasn’t much leftover to fight about.

Regards,

Larry

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Icebergs, Auroras and Birds

I am mashing together 2 different subjects in this post: Aurora Borealis and the interaction of icebergs with each other and with the avian life that inhabits them. I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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A Visit to Yosemite

A few weeks ago, we spent an evening and early morning at Yosemite. Water was running everywhere. The Merced River was a raging snake of whitewater. The granite cliffs of Yosemite are amazing anytime but, when they are covered with ribbons of water falling 3,000 feet, it is really amazing.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Birds and Flying Bugs

I want to share a few images from some recent walks around the American River Parkway near Folsom, CA. I’ve also included one from Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans. Nature provides some beautiful creatures for us to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these few.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a California Towhee, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017

California Towhee

 

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Some Birds From A Recent Trip

Image of Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

On a recent road trip, we got to see a number of interesting birds that we don’t get to see here in California. We also got to see some of the usual suspects.

Here are some interesting tidbits:

  1. The typical vulture we see in the US is the Turkey Vulture. While the black vulture has a gray head, the turkey vulture  has a red head. The black vulture is found in southeastern US.
  2. The blue jay is found in the eastern half of the US. In the west, we have the scrub jay. The stellar jay and the gray jay are found in areas of the west with cooler temperatures.

Here are images of some of those birds. I hope you enjoy them.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a male cardinal

Male Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of female cardinal

Female Cardinal – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of red-bellied woodpecker at feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of blue jay

Blue Jay – Cameron, OK MAR 2017

Image of Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren – Cameron, OK Mar 2017

Image of a black vulture

Black Vulture – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of sanderling

Sanderling – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a ruddy turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of Non-breeding male willet

Willet – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of white ibis in Okefenokee Swamp

White Ibis – Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA APR 2017

Image of a pair of brown pelicans

Brown Pelican – Port St Lucie, FL APR 2017

Image of a pair of wind blown great egrets

Great Egrets on a Windy Day – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM MAR 2017

Image of Bald Eagle in a nest

Bald Eagle – Western CO APR 2017