California Time

The 77 degree weather was a welcome relief.  Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso was outstanding in the early morning light.  The smells reminded me of my childhood there.

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Don’t mess with me

I'll come join you

I’ll come join you

These guys were all over the refuge

These guys were all over the refuge

Obligatory black necked stilt

Obligatory black necked stilt

... and avocets

… and avocets

Pelicans preening

Pelicans preening

Heron enjoying the marsh

Heron enjoying the marsh

Lapping it up

Lapping it up

Solitary time

Solitary time

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

Yard bird

Yard bird

One of the pair establishing its nesting territory

One of the pair establishing its nesting territory

San Jose peregrine Clara taking a break from incubation

San Jose peregrine Clara taking a break from incubation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

August Birds

Made it to Croton train station and park at low tide.  I also filled in at the Croton Nature Center for a few days.  It was very relaxing to finally be able to concentrate on my bird photography after a break.

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Egret with alewife (I think)

The black back gull challenged the heron for its fish.

The black back gull challenged the heron for its fish.

The heron won.

The heron won.

Our loon is hanging around at the mouth of the Croton River.

Our loon is hanging around at the mouth of the Croton River.

I finally got a cormorant taking off.

I finally got a cormorant taking off.

Tree swallow with a meal

Eastern kingbird with a meal

Goldfinch with its meal

Goldfinch with its meal

Lonely female ruby throated hummingbird eating

Lonely female ruby throated hummingbird eating

Yellow warbler at the nature center

Yellow warbler at the nature center

Osprey fishing off the Croton Point Park beach

Osprey fishing off the Croton Point Park beach