“High and Dry times” September 2016 Updated wildlife photos from the Bay Area.
Goodbye to the Swains! Up high to fly south soon, our dry hills now golden as we wait for rain.
A tale of two red tails featured in profile photos. The first is a youngster who flew right up to me as I was taken pictures of a northern harrier way out there who had no interest in coming close. Youngster had no problem with me standing next her or him, maybe because he found me. I don’t know to be honest.
The fourth photo is of another red tail mentioned earlier in this blog. This was a grizzled old timer who refused to fear anyone anymore. Soiled wing tips from dragging on the ground, gray around the eyes and a beak that had seen younger days. As I stood next to him or her, it dove a couple times for mice and even landed on my car. I called animal control upon finding this bird, though quickly realizing this was just an old timer living out the end of its life cycle. The animal control officer and I both took photos before leaving the bird alone. The Ironic part of the story is that both experiences took place in the same area near Byron Airfield in eastern CC County…
|Red tailed hawk youngster|
Western burrowing owls This picture a different look from an older shoot. I haven't been able to find larger colonies like I used to...
This group was part of a Brentwood colony no longer there. Hopefully moved to a safer location.
|Black tail buck. Don't like the back ground, though I went with it anyway. Love these big guys, this one behind a barn near Camino Tassajara...|
|Red tail hawk Old timer taken in 2008 or so...|
Western Pond turtle
"Last time I fall asleep on high tide"
|Bobcat Another from an older shoot on Morgan Territory.|
|Swainson hawk youngster. Funny with the swains, eyes visible and clear when young, turn very dark and deep set when older. Guess good sunglasses are required for that migration...|
|Red fox crossed Vasco in front of me during busy traffic, we both took a chance as I shouldn't stop on that highway. The fox made it safely back across and headed for the hills.|
|Swainson adult near my home in Oakley. Followed this one for years, still she screamed vehemently...|
nothing better than a happy song dog on the trail...