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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Cute Chicks – Part 2

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with Eaglets
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020

In this post, I am sharing some more baby animals: songbirds and raptors.

When photographing, one goal is to make your subject stand out. In 2 photos, I violated that rule, for a purpose. Check out the young Red-shouldered Hawks and the juvenile Western Kingbird. The point of interest, beside the birds themselves, is their marvelous camouflage.

I was fortunate to see this pair of eaglets with one of the adults. In a few weeks, the adults will leave, and the eaglets will be on their own. They will hang around the nesting tree until about October when the adults return and reclaim the nest. If they survive, in about 4 years they will molt into adult colors and be ready to rear their own eaglets.

I found the Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird in our backyard. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the nest of another bird who hatches and rears it. After it fledges, it will find its way back to its own herd of cowbirds. This one must be pleased with the cuisine; it seems in no hurry to leave. (A group of cowbirds can be called a corral or a herd.)

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
European Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) with Eaglets
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; JUL 2020
Juvenile Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Orangevale, CA; JUN 2020

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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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Young Hawks

Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

This spring, a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks gave birth to a pair of chicks at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Sacramento. Hawk babies are often born at the center. What made this remarkable is they nested at a place where you could see them well enough to photograph them. Today, I am sharing some baby pictures.

The first image is one of the adults at the nest. I do not know if it is the male or female. I don’t know how to tell them apart, except that the female is usually larger. After that image we entered the period of stay-at-home, so I missed a few weeks of photographing the nest. When I returned the nest appeared empty. But, as I watched, I could see a small crest of white down peeking above the rim of the nest. On my next weekly visit, there was no activity at the nest. But, the next week, I saw an adult and 2 babies; one beginning to have feathers, the other still in down.  The following week, the older of the 2 had more well-developed feathers and was branching, i.e. climbing out on nearby branches. The smaller had its first feathers also. An adult was perched on a nearby snag calling out and the older baby was returning the call.

In the past 2 weeks, there has been no activity in the nest. Both babies should have been large enough to see even if sleeping. In fact, they should have both been branching. I am hoping that at least the older one has fledged but I don’t know. I will probably never know the outcome.

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Adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus) at Nest
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2020

First Week That I Saw Babies

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult and Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

Second Week I saw Babies

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Adult Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo virginianus) Calling to Young
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

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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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