Red tail hawk

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Fledgling red tail hawk sitting on a post

I needed a nature break so I grabbed my camera and headed out to Merced Wildlife Refuge. This fledgling was less than 12′ from me and posed the entire time.

Great Blue Heron

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Decided to go out after work and look for wildlife in the estuary that near by. Found this Great Blue Heron stalking the waters for a meal.


#28 Photograph Reflections

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This week I pulled #28 from the Lightbox Photography Cards set. “The challenge here is to capture something of interest in a reflection”. Many iconic landscape photographs feature this technique. My samples this week are inspired by a recent trip to Oregon.


Osprey – Pandion haliaetus

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I was backpacking and the resident osprey flew overhead. It was probably looking for it’s next meal.

Bald Eagle in Flight

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A young Bald Eagle in flight on an early morning hike at Alpine Lake last month.
Bald Eagle in Flight

Natural Bridges, Utah

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Sunset Hawk

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It was another back road adventure down a less traveled road when I saw this hawk sitting on a fence post. The sunset was setting and I pulled over and grabbed the camera. I fired off a few shots before he took off into the hazy sunset.


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Watchful Eye

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010-2When I have the time, I like to take the back roads home. Last Sunday, I took Hunt Road off of highway 4 and it meanders through Calaveras county and opens to a valley. Along the way I cut over to Rock Creek Road and I spied this bird in an old oak tree by a stream. It was fairly large and as you can see mostly white from the vantage point I had from the road. It seemed to have its watchful eye on the landscape in front of it.

As seen from the road side.


Dinner To Go

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013These turkeys were feeding along the highway in this field. When I parked, they just started to wandered away from the highway (and out of range from my camera). All the time, heads down just eating their dinner to go.