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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

california

  1. snowy egret

    snowy egret

  2. black-crowned night heron

    black-crowned night heron

  3. Cackling Goose

    Cackling Goose

    Formerly critically endangered, this race has recovered after introduced predators were removed from their nesting islands. Their population has gone from fewer than 800 individual birds in 1974 to over 150,000 today. The Cackling Goose was originally lumped with the larger Canada Goose (B...
  4. western sandpiper

    western sandpiper

  5. least sandpiper

    least sandpiper

    I’ll continue to post some more photos from the archives. Went birding yesterday, the place was stuffed with hunters (and poor pheasants, released the day before); could have taken a thousand pictures (of hunters). A highly frustrating situation, no way to be able to enjoy the autumn migration.
  6. Western Tanager Head-shot

    Western Tanager Head-shot

  7. great egret

    great egret

  8. northern raven

    northern raven

  9. Clay-colored Sparrow

    Clay-colored Sparrow

    We were pleased to see two Clay-colored Sparrows visiting our yard in Pacifica this afternoon. This is a scarce migrant in California but today there were two others reported in Marin County and another one in Mendocino County suggesting our birds may have been part of a more extensive movement...
  10. red-throated loon

    red-throated loon

    seems it sadly suffered from an oil spill
  11. Western Tanager

    Western Tanager

    Usually breeding at higher elevations, this species is mostly a migrant in the San Francisco Bay Area, more common in the Fall than the Spring. Several of these birds were enjoying the nectar and insects attracted to the red flowering eucalyptus (Corymbia ficifolia). Difficult to age or sex in...
  12. least sandpiper

    least sandpiper

  13. green heron

    green heron

    these beautiful little herons are amazingly well camouflaged
  14. semipalmated plover

    semipalmated plover

  15. white-tailed kites

    white-tailed kites

  16. short-billed dowitcher

    short-billed dowitcher

  17. spotted sandpiper

    spotted sandpiper

  18. bushtit

    bushtit

  19. anna's hummingbird

    anna's hummingbird

  20. california scrub jay

    california scrub jay

  21. american avocet

    american avocet

  22. Hooded Oriole

    Hooded Oriole

    I believe this very pale individual is an immature female. She visited our hummingbird feeder for a couple of days, but seems to have moved on. Historically, these orioles' northern limit was Southern California, but the planting of California Fan Palms into Northern California allowed this Palm...
  23. Costa's Hummingbird

    Costa's Hummingbird

    This is a molting male. Scarce in most of Northern California, this is an arid desert species that seems quite out of place here in San Francisco where it was found on 18 August by Nina Bai . Note the very elongated corners to the iridescent purple gorget which help identify this species. I...
  24. Ravens, California Coast

    Ravens, California Coast

    Common Ravens at Glass Beach, near Fort Bragg, CA. Several other ravens in the vicinity had similar white markings on the shoulder.
  25. Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

    Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

    This Raccoon sauntered into our backyard and drank from our birdbath. Note the stiff gray "guard hairs" which help shed water. Mostly nocturnal, we occasionally encounter them during the daytime. This is presumably the California subspecies "P. l. psora" characterized by large size, dark color...
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