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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Cute Chicks – Part 1

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Goslings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

I am presenting the first of 2 parts entitled Cute Chicks. This part will present some local waterfowl.

One of the images is entitled Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards. I learned that a group of Mallards in flight is called a flock or sometimes a flight. Mallards on the ground are called a SORD. If the name sounds weird, it is because it appears to have no other uses.

Female Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) with Ducklings
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2020
Mute Swans (Cygnus Olor) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) with Ducklings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Young
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Juvenile Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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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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Some Local Wildlife

Desert Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus audubonii)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

Today, I am sharing some wildlife local to the Sacramento, CA area.

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Coyote (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Photographic images of some wildlife found in the Sacramento, CA area.
Coyote Pup (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Black-tailed Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Velvet
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Coyote Pup (Canas latrans)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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A Few More Songbirds

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2020

Today I am sharing a few more songbirds that I have photographed over the last several months. The Cardinals and the Brown Thrasher were taken in Florida, the remainder here in the Sacramento area.

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020 #Photography
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; FEB 2020
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020 #Photography
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Rollingwood Bluffs Park, Folsom – Orangvale, CA; APR 2019
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020

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Some Marsh Birds

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Today I am sharing images of birds that hang around marshy areas.

The American Avocet can be found in marshes in the Western United States, the Southeast Coast and Gulf Coast of the US as well as Mexico. It is generally seen in inland portions of the US only during breeding and when migrating to breeding grounds. It nests on the ground. It forages by walking in shallow water, swishing its head back and forth to capture aquatic invertebrates.

The Limpkin is found in Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage day and night specializing in eating apple snails. Their bill seems specifically adapted to eat them. I have never heard the call of a Limpkin, but I read that it is otherworldly.

The Common Moorhen, also known as the Common Gallinule, is found along coastal section of the United States as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. They sometimes nest in trees and shrubs but mostly nest on aquatic plants near the water’s edge. They swim when foraging and eat aquatic plants.

The Purple Swamp Hen, also known as the Purple Gallinule, lives in Florida, parts of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They attach their nests to standing or floating vegetation in the marshes. They eat aquatic plants, insects, spiders, small frogs and fish, and eggs and nestlings of other birds.

The Greater Yellowlegs is found across most of North America and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage by wading and stabbing at aquatic invertebrates.

Information presented is from All About Birds from Cornell Labs. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/

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American Avocet
Wastewater Treatment Plan, Lincoln, CA; FEB 2020
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Purple Swamphen
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Merritt Isaland National Wildlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Merritt Isaland National Wolidlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020

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A Jay and Some Songbirds

Male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020

Today, I am sharing some more images from my February birding adventure in Florida. Most of the birds are songbirds. However, I have a jay and a couple of grackles in the set also.

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Female Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Port St Lucie, FL; FEB 2020
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Port Saint Lucie, FL; FEB 2020
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Female Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Male Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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Local Birds – Special Time

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Goslings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

In the past 2 weeks, I have been able to get back to some of my familiar trails along the American River. It was a great time to get out because there are baby birds and there are males in their breeding plumage, all of which make this time of year special.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta Thula)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) with Ducklings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Sailor Bar, American R
iver Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Female Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Male Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

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