Posted by: atowhee | September 19, 2012

CALIFORNIA GALLERY #2


Pied-billed Grebe family in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The young still bearing their zebra-striped faces, making them more visible in the dark recesses of reed-shaded nesting sites.
Two Three Snowy Plovers, back to camera, with a single Sanderling. Ocean Beach, SF.

One of three Sooty Shearwater swirls off Ocean Beach in a single afternoon. These birds are believed to have the longest annual migration route of any bird on earth…or above it. They breed in New Zealand area, then spend our summer off western North America and their travel route is elliptical, not straight lines.


Red-necked Phalarope in small farm pond on Pt. Reyes Peninsula, Marin County.


Say’s Phoebe hunting along Drake’s Beach on Pt. Reyes. This species was noted for science by Thomas Say, naturalist on the Long Expedition to the Rockies in 1820. The phoebe genus is also named for Say who became a laeader of the New Harmony utopian experiment in Indiana.


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