January 2015 Wintertime Raptors (And a song dog)Winter time Raptors are featured in the photos below. These are all new pictures taken in December of 2014. Some interesting looks at Golden Eagles from Alameda and Contra Costa. Los Vaqueros Coyote, Kestrel profile, Red tail, burrowing owl and special visitors The Ferruginous hawks.
1 Coyote @ Los Vaqueros reservoir Alameda side. According to Wikipedia, To the Bay Miwok natives “The Coyote was seen as the representation of their creator God”, Interesting they chose such an expressive animal. And an incredible survivor. Seems all emotions are shown by the song dog to any observer who cares to notice…
2 Golden Eagle taken near Byron. This photo is one of my favorite pictures.
3 Osprey in south east CC County Delta. There is a favorite perch used by Osprey’s in the Delta overlooking the river below. This bird was enjoying a snack when photographed. Ironically, this same tree was used for a few years for nesting Swainson hawks. They moved to a nearby more stable tree where they raised two youngsters last year.4 Ferruginous hawk near Knightsen.
5 Golden Eagle taken in eastern CC County.6 Red tail hawk taken near Bradford Island ferry.
7 Kestrel taken in Byron. In the open areas of east CC County, Kestrels are the quickest to bolt away from photography. This bird was preoccupied at the time and took a second to stare and wonder…That was plenty.8 Golden Eagle in flight near Byron.
9 Ferruginous hawk near Jersey Island.10 Burrowing owl taken near Oakley.
Happy new year to all, hope your holidays are the best ever…