Posted by: atowhee | April 23, 2010

Pt. Reyes Gallery, April 23, 2010

THE SOAR, ABOVE.  THE LANDING, BELOW:

AND WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN BEGGING FOR, AN INTIMATE CLOSE-UP OF THIS HANDSOME BRUTE:

Okay, how about some real beauty?

Near perfection despite the windblown side panel, no?

SPRING, SING, ZING, WING–ALL THE VERY SAME THING.  There is no way to get enough good pictures of posing California Quail-male in their spring finest.

The Latin binomial for Cal. Quail-male and his female: Callipepla californica. We could do better than that.  Say, Adornamento glorioso?  Finamentus grandussimus? “Pepla”  sounds vaguely dyspepsic.  “Fornica” sounds, well, you can’t write that in a family-rated blog like this one.

There is but a smudge of matter separating the poseur from the poser, but this Acorn Woodpecker, with his red pate fired in the evening glow, stayed on the finer side of being seen through the view finder.  Never once did he seek attention.  Indeed, his own attention was given over to the minutest, most careful attention to some man-made holes in a fence juncture.  Acorn Woodpeckers are world class experts in two things: acorns and holes.  In fact, if you’ve ever studied a perforated Douglas-fir used by Acorners you know full well–they lead the league in hole drilling.  Exxon should be jealous.

Inspection completed, he flew off to a granary tree where the rounder holes were done by professionals with eons of experience.

Further, I must say I admire those twin tail spines that make this fellow more of a swallowtail than most swallow species.  Used as a stiff prop or wedge against tree bark the two-pronged fork weds form to panache and function simultaneously.  Well done.


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  1. […] Reyes Bird Festival, thrush, Tomnales Bay, Western Bluebird « Ashland to Point Reyes Pt. Reyes Gallery, April 23, 2010 […]

  2. Harry , thanks for your time , I really enjoy birding with you, It was perfect!! Xavier Munoz


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