Tom Post Photography

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.

Soaring Pelicans

Pelicans circling before diving into the ocean at Carmel by the Sea. In the background fog builds over Point Lobos Preserve.

Elegance

A warm light only helps to acenuate the elegance of the Sandhill Crane near Bosque Del Apache, NM.

The Approach

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.

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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 Pelicans

White Pelican's at Shoreline near Mountain View, CA.

Unison

Black-necked Stilts feeding at low tide. Palo Alto Baylands, CA

Avocet Chick

American Avocet chick at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Silhouettes

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

Avocet Chick

American Avocet and chick at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Spring is in the air

American Avocets courting at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Avocet Strech

American Avocet streching its wings at the Palo Alto Baylands, Bay Area, California, USA.

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) at last light, Palo Alto Baylands, Bay Area California, USA.

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew at the Palo Alto Baylands, California USA

Northern Shoveler

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.

Last Light

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

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

Florida Sunset

Reddish Egret at Sunset, Bunche Beach, Florida USA

Morning Light

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

Osprey with a fish coming in from fishing off of Captiva Island, FL

Incoming!

White Pelican comes in for a landing at Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve in Sanibel, FL.

Pelican Surfer

Brown Pelican's ride the updrafts from waves near Pacific Grove, CA.

Shoveler Showdown

Northern Shoveler dabbling at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Drippp

A black-necked Stilt takes a break from feeding to pose.

Feeding Time

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

Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) Aptos, CA.

Marbled Godwit

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

Long-Billed Dowitcher sucessfully finding a worm at low tide - Palo Alto Baylands.

Acorn Woodpecker

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.

Avocet Portrait

American Avocet at last light - Palo Alto Baylands

Common Raven

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

Great Egret at Venice Rookery in Venice, FL.