Marshlands Conservancy 2013

The photo exhibit is almost here, so I made the trip to Marshlands Conservancy.  The 600mm lens had to stay in the car because it is too heavy and bulky to carry around.  But I really needed it.  I may give it a try during my next visit.

Great horned owl just watching all the visitors to Marshlands

Great horned owl just watching all the visitors to Marshlands

Great white egret

Great white egret

We saw no less than three monarch butterflies, yippee!!

We saw no less than three monarch butterflies, yippee!!

Snowy egret pretending to be a great white egret

Snowy egret pretending to be a great white egret

Turkeys preening

Turkeys preening

I Left My Heart in Alviso

Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, the Alviso part, is heaven for birds.  Thankfully, the fog burned off just as I got there.  Unfortunately, they forgot to unlock the gate on the last day of my visit and I didn’t have time to walk to the Alviso Slough.  Had to make do with the Alviso Marina County Park.

Pelican in flight

American white pelican in flight. The pelicans were everywhere.

Alviso is famous for its black necked stilts.

Alviso is famous for its black necked stilts.

Black necked stilt up close and personal

Black necked stilt up close and personal

Alviso is also famous for the clapper rail.

Alviso is also famous for the clapper rail.

Black crowned night heron I do believe

Black crowned night heron I do believe

And perched opposite the night heron was this mystery raptor.  The sun was coming up behind the birds.

And perched opposite the night heron was this mystery raptor. The sun was coming up behind the birds.

I couldn't resist another sparrow picture, especially against the lines in the boardwalk, railing and grass

I couldn’t resist another sparrow picture, especially against the lines in the boardwalk, railing and grass

Not a bird, but quite friendly and itchy

Not a bird, but quite friendly and itchy

The Regulars Plus A Spider

I see these guys ALL the time, just wanted to give a different view.

Osprey face

Young great blue heron at Oglevie’s Pond

Young woodducks Ogilvie's Pond Aug 2013-1

Young wood ducks at Oglevie’s Pond

osprey

Young osprey at Edith Read Sanctuary

Sparrows at feeder

Sparrows in my back yard having a conversation. It is most likely the same conversation they have every day at the feeder.

Spider and web

This guy has been working on this web for days. The spider uses my umbrella, herb pots and pergola posts as anchors. I usually destroy it when I gather my herbs or go down the deck steps.