Sunday, June 12, 2016

Big Sur: California Condors

We booked a trip to Big Sur to look for California condors. We stayed at the Ventana Inn and the first afternoon we saw one flying overhead while sitting out on our balcony. Two days later, we went out with the Ventana Wildlife Society and after some time, Chris spotted three flying high overhead.

California Condor

California Condor

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Burrowing Owl

Baby burrowing owl

We went back to Salton Sea in hopes of spotting some baby burrowing owls. We saw a few nests, and several smallish owls. Then Chris spotted this baby owl alone. We did see and hear several adult owls nearby. We left for a while and when we returned it was gone, so we are hopeful it found its burrow.

Burrowing Owl

Here's some photos of some of the adults.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Back to Prado

We always post pictures of vermilon flycatchers when we go to Prado.

I'll start with the green heron instead

Green heron

But the vermilion flycatcher was there, and it's hard not to photograph.

Vermillion flycatcher

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back to Palo Alto Baylands

Mike had some business in Palo Alto, and stopped by the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. At this time of year, the Night Herons are nesting, but the biggest treat was the bullocks oriole. The black necked stilts also put on a show.

Bullock's Oriole

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-necked stilts