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

Winter Wildlife

RIver Otter - Perspective 4

River Otter – Perspective 4

It’s fun to be in Northern California in the winter.  We are part of the Pacific Flyway, so we get many birds, primarily waterfowl, who winter over.  But even in my backyard I see Oregon Juncos and a species of Goldfinch that spends its summers in the Sierra foothills.  Though my passion is landscapes, photographing this wildlife is fun because watching them go about their business of living is fun.

I’ve been out twice in the last two weeks photographing and enjoying the wildlife.  On one trip, I went to 2 of the wildlife refuges that have been built along the flyway.  Some years ago, land was set aside as a safe haven for migrating waterfowl.  Levees were built and fields flooded so they could live and eat.  This helped farmers by keeping the birds off their cropland.  A win-win situation, enjoyed by birders, photographers and duck hunters.  On the day I visited the refuges, raptors became my focus.  They benefit from the migrating waterfowl as well.

This past week, I got to spend an hour watching a River Otter and an Egret.  They appeared to be helping each other feed.  Otters always seem to be playing even as they feed.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards

Larry

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Image of Juvenille Black Crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron

Image of Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Image of River Otter - Perspective 1

River Otter – Perspective 1

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

Image of River Otter and Egret

River Otter and Egret

Image of Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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Birds of South Africa

Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Here is a sample of the birds we saw while in South Africa. There were many interesting, colorful birds. I was especially captivated by the Lilac Breasted Roller,the Purple Crested Turaco and the varieties of sunbirds and kingfishers. There are many more examples on my website (www.earthwatcher.us). I hope you enjoy the images. I encourage you to look at the others that are on my website because I know you will enjoy them also.

Regards

Larry

These images can been seen at a larger size by clicking on the image

Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller

Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard

Saddle Beaked Stork

Saddle Billed Stork

Purple Roller

Purple Roller

Koorhan

Red Crested Koorhan

African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill

Gray Heron

Gray Heron

Purple Crested Turaco (Lourie) - Perspective 2

Purple Crested Turaco

Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Orange Breasted Sunbird

Greater Double Collared Sunbird

Blue Crane

Blue Crane

Hornbills

Image of Southern Ground Hornbill - Perspective 2

Southern Ground Hornbill

One of the many species of birds we saw while in South Africa were hornbills.  They are beautiful birds that cast a striking pose even when flying.  I hope you enjoy these images I am sharing.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of Yellow Billed Hornbill - Perspective 2

Pair of Yellow Billed Hornbills

Image of Red Billed Hornbill

Red Billed Hornbill

Image of Southern Ground Hornbill - Perspective 1

Pair of Southern Ground Hornbills

 

Image of Yellow Billed Hornbill - Perspective 1

Yellow Billed Hornbill

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