California Scrub Jay

California Scrub Jay Eating Dragonfly
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; SEP 2019

I was fortunate enough to observe a California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) in the process of eating a dragonfly. It used its beak and talons to position the insect, then picked it up with its beak and swallowed it.

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California Scrub Jay Eating Dragonfly
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; SEP 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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Far-flung Seascapes

Wildflowers on the Rhode Island Coast
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI ; SEP 2019

Today I am sharing some seascapes from a few places across the globe – Georgia, Rhode Island, Washington and South Africa.

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Sunrise on the Indian Ocean
Mboyti River Lodge, Lusukisiki, South Africa; AUG 2016
Dune on Cumberland Island
Cumberland Island, GA; MAY 2008
Goldenrod at Sunrise
Sacheust NWR, Newport, RI; SEP 2019
A Sunrise on Sequim Bay
Sequim Bay, WA; AUG 2015
Sunset Over Knysna Lagoon
Knysna, South Africa; AUG 2016

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The Wood Stork

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL; FEB 2020

The Wood Stork (Mycteria Americana) is a large bird that is found in the swamps and wetlands of coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. It can also be found in Cuba and Mexico. It hunts for fish and crustaceans while walking slowly with its beak in the shallow water. I watched one hunt. It had its beak submerged but used its feet to stir up the muddy bottom.

We found these beautiful creatures during a recent visit to Florida. I watched some fly overhead but I didn’t see any delivering babies.

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Juvenile Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight
They remind me a bit of a pterodactyl while in flight. I particulaly like the appearance of bones on the underside of the wing.
Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) and Little Blue Heron (egretta caerulea)
Lakes Park, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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Wildlife in Carson Valley, NV

Long Eared Owl
Long Eared Owl, Washoe Lake State Park, NV, FEB 2016

This past weekend, a few of my friends and I did a wildlife shoot in Carson Valley, near Minden, NV.  Our guide was John Humphrey, a local wildlife photographer (www.akawolf.com).  He provided us with access to private lands that we would not have had access to ourselves.  It was a beautiful morning and we got plenty of interesting opportunities to shoot.  Hope you enjoy these images.

Great Horned Owl

 

Bald Eagles in Nesting Tree
Bald Eagles and Nest, Minden, MV FEB 2016

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl, Minden, NV FEB 2016

WIld Horse
Part of a Band of Wild Horses, Minden, NV FEB 2016

Great Horned Owl Chasing a Magpie
Great Horned Owl Chasing Magpie, Minden, MV FEB 2016

WIld Horses
Part of a Band of Wild Horses, Minden, NV FEB 2016

WIld Horses
Part of a Band of Wild Horses, Minden, NV FEB 2016

Wild Colt Nursing
Nursing Colt, Part of a Band of Wild Horses, Minden, NV FEB 2016