Breakfast Time

Downy Woodpecker on Oak Gall
Willow Creek State Recreation Area, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA; AUG 2020

I am sharing images of birds and of an otter that are enjoying breakfast time. I watched as they worked hard to get their meal.

This year, I have had many opportunities to see animals hunt and eat. I am truly grateful to have had those opportunities and thankful that I only had to pull mine from a cupboard.

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Acorn Woodpecker
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; AUG 2020
Female Belted Kingfisher
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
House Finch on Blue Elderberry
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
Juvenile American Robins
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUL 2020
Great Blue Heron with Prey
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
River Otter with Prey
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; AUG 2020

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A Few California Landscapes

Old Barn
On Rt 20 Between Sacramento and Ft Bragg CA

Todays post contains some images from various spots around California.

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A Windy Autumn Day on Convict Lake
Convict Lake, CA; OCT 2019
Cherry Blossoms
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2019
Sunrise on the American River
William Pond Park, Sacramento, CA. FEB 2016
Autumn at the edge of the Desert
Route 395, Near Rovana, CA; OCT 2019

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Green Heron Hunting

Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 1
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; JUL 2020

There are a lot of pictures in this post that, at first glance, appear nearly the same but, they are not the same; they are a sequence of a Green Heron stalking, capturing, and devouring it prey. I see Green Herons from time to time but mostly they are perched. On this day one gave me the opportunity to watch it hunt and eat. Though I see Egrets and other Herons stalk frequently, this is only the second time I saw one stalk and the first I saw one catch and eat. So, please step through these images, in order, one at time and enjoy this opportunity with me.

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 2
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 4
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 5
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 6
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 7
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 8
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) – 9

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A Favorite Spot

Sunrise Over the Foothills
Scott RD, Folsom, CA; JUL 2020

I am sharing 4 images from one of my favorite local spots to photograph. I am drawn to the spot, just outside Folsom, CA, because it is an oak dotted rangeland typical of this area of California.

One of the images is a black and white version of another in the set. I thought it looked very dramatic in black and white.

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Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014
Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Sierra Foothills with Cloud Covered Skies
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014

Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills of 2014.
Moonrise over the Sierra Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015

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Egrets and Lizardicide

Great Egret (Ardea Alba)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020

In this post, I am presenting 2 perspectives on the egret: the graceful, beautiful side and the visceral side.

A few weeks ago, we were at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge in Davis, CA. In one of the sloughs, there were perhaps a dozen Egrets, both Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets. It turned out to be a great day for capturing them in flight.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020
Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula)
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, Davis, CA; MAY 2020

The lizardicide, killing of a western fence lizard for food, happened at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. It was fascinating to watch. The actual capture was done in tall grass under the shade of a tree. After capture, the Great Egret made a short hop/flight out to the trail then prepared to devour his prey. The intrepid little lizard put up a strong fight but, in the end, it succumbed.

Stalking
Great Egret (Ardea Alba)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
The Lizard’s Gambit
Great Egret (Ardea Alba) with Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
The Struggle
Positioning
The Swallow

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Woodpeckers and Cousins

Male Red Shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020

Today I am sharing images of some woodpeckers and some cousins. The Red-bellied Woodpecker and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker are from Florida, the others were from the Sacramento Area.

Look closely at the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and notice the tree on which it is perched. Note the ring of holes around the tree. When a sapsucker feeds it moves around the trunk leaving a tell tale ring of holes around the tree.

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Female Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; OCT 2019
Female Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020




Male Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JAN 2020
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Six Mile Cypress Preserve, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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Special Trees

The Steadfast Bristlecone Pine
Great Basin National Park, NV; OCT 2015

Today I am featuring some special trees: The The Great Basin Brisltecone Pine (Pinus longevea), the Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum). Most of the images are from California but one comes from Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

There are only 8 groves of the Giant Sequoia in the world. They are all located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. These wonders grow more than 300 feet tall with diameters that exceed 50 feet. The branches on these trees are often bigger than the trunks of trees I see every day.

The Coastal Redwood is found only along the coasts of Northern California with just a slight incursion into Oregon. These trees are the tallest in the world, reaching heights in excess of 375 feet and diameters in excess of 30 feet. Many of these trees are over 600 years old with the oldest known tree 2,200 years old.

The Bristlecone pines are small, gnarled, ancient trees some of which have lived more than 5,000 years. They grow at high altitudes and like poor soil conditions. They are tough old buggers.

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Among the Elders
Sequoia National Park, OCT 2014
Early Morning Among the Coastal Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013
A Path Through the Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA JUL 2013
Sequoia Giganteum
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, CA, DEC 2013
Bristlecone Pine in Spring
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA, JUL 2014
Sun Awakening A Family of Redwoods
Jedediah Smith State Redwoods Park, CA, JAN 2013

A Testament to Time
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Schullman Grove, CA; JUL 2013

Guardian of the Valley
Schullman Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA; MAY 2016

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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) on Mangrove
J N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; FEB 2020

The Snowy Egret is an elegant bird with bright white plumage, black beak and legs and bright yellow feet. When it displays its long, curved plumage, it is gorgeous. They can be found, year around, along the coastal waters of the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. But its migration and breeding periods takes it into much of the interior of the US.

Like other egrets and herons, they nest high in trees, in colonies, with other similar birds. They forage on frogs, worms, crustaceans, and insects. I find watching Egrets and Herons stalk fascinating.

The Snowy Egret is noticeably smaller than its cousin the great egret; the one that is tall and has a yellow beak. When you see an egret, look closely; it might be a Snowy or, it might be a Great.

In this set, I mixed a few pictures from our recent trip to Florida as well as some I have taken locally.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) with Prey
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; SEP 2019
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Snowy Egret (egretta thula)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael, CA; MAR 2019

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Folsom and Sierra Foothills

American River Gorge, Folsom, CA
Looking downstream on the American River toward footbridge in Folsom, CA after heavy rains. JAN 2017

Today I decided to share a few scenes from the area around Folsom, CA. Folsom is the site of the Folsom Prison that Johnny Cash put on the map. But there is more. It sits along the American River near the western end of the Sierra Nevada foothills. The small section of old town Folsom is still very nice. The outskirts are surrounded by oak woodlands primarily used for ranching.

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Lighting the Path
Historic Footbridge across American River, Folsom, CA. JAN 2
Reawakening
Auburn State Recreation Area, Auburn, CA, FEB 2015
Sierra Foothills, P2
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA. AUG 2014
Thunderclouds over the Sierra bring rain but not to the drought ridden foothills.
Sierra Foothiils, Moonrise Over the Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015
Early Morning at Folsom Lake
Doton’s Point, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Folsom, CA; MAR 2019
Sunset Over the Foothills
Scott Rd, Folsom, CA, JAN 2015
American River Gorge in Fog
American River Gorge, Folsom, CA; JAN 2017
Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge arch after heavy rains
Folsom, CA. JAN 2017

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California Seascapes

Ultima Luz
Sunset Over Bodega Bay, CA, JUN 2013

Today I am sharing a few seascapes from various California beaches.

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Black Sands Beach
Bonita Cove, Marin Headlands, Marin County; CA, FEB 2015
Sun Setting at the Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands, San Francisco, CA; SEP 2013
Firey Calm
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA; OCT 2012

Sunrise at Fort Bragg, CA
Fort Bragg, CA; SEP 2013
Gull Wing and Tempest
Marina State Beach, Marina, CA. OCT 2012
O Solo Mio
Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)
Piedra Blancas Rookery, San Simeon, CA; FEB 2014
El Morro Veiled
The rock at Morro Bay, CA shrouded in rain and fog. The ocean teems with activity despite the weather conditions. If you look closely, you’ll see a sea lion with his head jutting out of the water and a surfer swimming his board out into the waves.

Parasailing in San Diego
Black’s Beach, San Diego, CA; MAR 2016

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