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.

California Don Edwards-10

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica – More Favorites

I have to mention my great guides.  At Aquila de Osa, Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula, Carlos Gonzalez,   clgonzalez08@gmail.com    spotted them all.  He promised scarlet macaws, toucans, monkeys, caracara, iguanas, trogons, ringed and belted kingfishers, boobies, black hawks and much more.  In Monteverde,   Esteban Mendez Vargas,  mendezguia@hotmail.com   led me to the bell bird and oropendula at the nest.  He also showed me an hepatic tanager, toucan, and motmot.  Any bird you want to see, Esteban will show you.  Adrian, at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, gave his nature walk talk and was nice enough to point out quite a lot of birds especially for me.  He caught the quetzal family, toucanet, brown catbirds in the nest.  And he arranged for Esteban to guide me the next day.

Injured hummingbird – used only one leg

Tiger striped heron – the family (mate and fledgling) was with him

Clay colored robin, the national bird of Costa Rica