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This Red-tailed Hawk with full crop has been in our neighborhood for several weeks. I finally had a chance to photograph it in good light. Though the wind was strong and messed up the plumage, it was a nice way to finish off the last day of the year. Hope your bird watching is great in the following new year.
Went to Poplar Beach to do some birding and found this White-tailed Kite hunting…
Also spotted that day, a Yellow-rumped Warbler
One of the hump-backed whales spotted that afternoon.
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I went to North Lake in Golden Gate Park in search of Yellow Warblers that had been reported there. Instead I found three of these guys sauntering around in daylight. This guy showed up as I was setting up my tripod. An un-cropped shot, but taken through my 500mm lens and a tele-converter. I was about 20 feet away, and I don’t recommend getting any closer than that. After standing up on two feet and sniffing at me, it turned and walked back into the brush on the shoreline. There are American Coots year-round at the lake. Here near the north shore, a floating nest in coot incubating eggs. She blends in nicely with the reeds. The male coots were still feeling randy and kept chasing each other and displaying like this one. The Mallards, more than 20 spend their time at the south end of the lake. Their eggs had hatched a while back … Finally, Steller’s Jays were about, looking for seeds. Another corvidae, The Common Ravens were present as well in a tree close to where I had parked. Before heading home, I checked out a report of three Great Horned Owl fledglings at another location in the park, and found them napping in a tree.
Wherever you have trees and flowers, you will find birds and the birds at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens are comfortable around people. It was easy to photograph them with a moderate long lens without spooking them. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and I found some great bird life on a recent visit.
Flying overhead a Red-tailed Hawk was soaring low enough for a good view.
I had trouble identifying this one, but got help from the SFBirds list members. It’s a juvenile Oregon Junco.
We see lots of Anna’s Hummingbirds, but over in Berkeley, all we saw were the Allen’s
And where you find flowers, you find insects and insects that hunt other insects, like this beautiful red dragonfly.
While you are there, don’t forget to enjoy the flowers too…
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