Riding The Waves
Off shore winds strike the face of breaking waves which create lift for the Brown Pelican. It floats just inches from the surface of the water and pulls off of the wave just at the right moment, finds another wave, and repeats. I could sit all day and watch them glide effortlessly past.
Pelicans circling before diving into the ocean at Carmel by the Sea. In the background fog builds over Point Lobos Preserve.
A warm light only helps to acenuate the elegance of the Sandhill Crane near Bosque Del Apache, NM.
Sandhill Cranes flock in the tens of thousands to Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico to overwinter, socialize, and feed. The oldest Sandhill Crane ever recorded was 36 years old - tagged in Wyoming in 1973 and recovered at Bosque Del Apache in 2012. Its a successful and ancient bird with fossils dating back 2.5 million years unearthed in Florida. After watching them through the lens you can understand why they are revered birds in many cultures. At dusk they congregate in large numbers to roost in shallow ponds to avoid predators. Upon approach to the ponds, they lower their landing gear and are awkwardly imprinted against the setting sun to the delight of the visitors.
Sandhill Cranes approaching their roosting ponds at Bosque Del Apache, NM.
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron Silhouette, Bosque Del Apache, NM.
Stilts at Sunrise
Black-necked Stilts at sunrise in the Palo Alto Baylands, California.
White Pelican's at Shoreline near Mountain View, CA.
Black-necked Stilts feeding at low tide. Palo Alto Baylands, CA
American Avocet chick at the Palo Alto Baylands.
Silhouettes of Snowy Egret, Great Egret and Black-necked Stilt at the Palo Alto Baylands, California.
Avocet at Sunrise
American Avocet at Sunrise, Palo Alto Baylands
American Avocet and chick at the Palo Alto Baylands.
Spring is in the air
American Avocets courting at the Palo Alto Baylands.
American Avocet streching its wings at the Palo Alto Baylands, Bay Area, California, USA.
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) at last light, Palo Alto Baylands, Bay Area California, USA.
Long-billed Curlew at the Palo Alto Baylands, California USA
Northern Shoveler at the Palo Alto Baylands in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA. The Northern Shoveler's wide-flat bill is equipped with well-developed lamellae – small, comb-like structures on the edge of the bill that act like sieves, allowing the birds to skim crustaceans and plankton from the water's surface.
A Great Blue Heron poses for the last few seconds of light at Bunche Beach near Fort Myers, Florida, USA.
Reddish Egret Dancing
Reddish Egret chasing fish as part of its feeding ritual at Bunche Beach near Fort Myers Florida, USA.
Dowitcher preening on a low-tide sandbar at Bunche Beach near Fort Myers Florida, USA.
Two Egret's and a Heron
Two Snowy Egret's and one Tri-Colored Heron in Ding Darling
Reddish Egret at Sunset, Bunche Beach, Florida USA
Great Egret (Ardea alba) at Ding Darling on Sanibel Island in Florida, USA.
The Early Bird...
Wilson's Plover digging deep to pull out a worm during low tide at Bunch Beach in Florida.
Osprey with a fish coming in from fishing off of Captiva Island, FL
White Pelican comes in for a landing at Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve in Sanibel, FL.
Brown Pelican's ride the updrafts from waves near Pacific Grove, CA.
Northern Shoveler dabbling at the Palo Alto Baylands.
A black-necked Stilt takes a break from feeding to pose.
White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) feeding at the Palo Alto Baylands near San Jose, CA.
Stilt at Sunrise
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) at sunrise in the Palo Alto Baylands
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the Palo Alto Baylands.
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) Aptos, CA.
Huge flocks of Marbled Godwits tonight at the Palo Alto Baylands.
Avocet at Sunrise
American Avocet feeding at sunrise - Palo Alto Baylands
Long-Billed Dowitcher sucessfully finding a worm at low tide - Palo Alto Baylands.
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) at Cook's Meadow in Yosemite National Park - California.
American Avocet Portrait
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) at the Palo Alto Baylands in the San Francisco Bay Area.
American Avocet at last light - Palo Alto Baylands
Common Raven (Corvus corax) posing for a headshot in hope for some cheetos as payment in Yosemite National Park. No payment was given =(
The Early Bird
Black-necked Stits frequent the wetlands around the Bay Area. They crisscross the shallow pools dabbing at insects. On this particular morning, the sun rose hot over the hills and reflected in the pool just long enough to snap a few shots.
A Scoop of Pelicans
A scoop of Pelicans take a rest before heading back out.
Great Egret at Venice Rookery in Venice, FL.