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N 9 B 153 C 2 E Jan 25, 2021 F Jan 25, 2021
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We were walking on a quiet stretch of trail, alongside a waterfowl pond when we noticed a family of river otters swimming beside us. I shot this short clip as one of the otters paused to check us out. [Filmed from a distance w/tele lens.]

The chirping you hear is a typical otter sound, but I wasn’t sure if it signified any distress, or if it was a just playful call. I looked into it some, and asked a fellow photographer who’s photographed this species more often than I have. The consensus seems to be that it’s not necessarily an alarm sound. If anyone knows differently, please do comment. I don’t often encounter river otters, so my understanding of their behavior and communication is still a work in progress.

Shot handheld w/Olympus EM1markII

Tags:   river otter river otter swim swimming pond olympus em1markii omd otters

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San Rafael, California

Tags:   2021 birds january las gallinas marin north bay san rafael sf bay area wildlife winter

N 16 B 201 C 1 E Jan 9, 2021 F Jan 10, 2021
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A Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) suspended from a sweetgum fruit. The sweetgum or liquidamber tree is sometimes demonized by humans for these spiky fruits. The fallen fruits are sharp to the foot, rolling trip hazards, and potential projectiles under a lawn mower.

But that’s the anthropocentric view.

For the rest of the animal kingdom, the dried fruits are pods full of life-giving seeds. And that brings in diverse flocks of bird species. This morning, in this particular sweetgum tree, there was a mix of 50+ Pine Siskins, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, and goldfinches, all enjoying the bounty. Most people walked by without even noticing the tiny birds clutching the fruits, digging in for their breakfast.
#sweetgum #liquidamber #pinesiskin #oaklandwildlife #oaklandbirds

Tags:   sweet gum tree Spinus pinus fruit pods food San Francisco Bay Area Northern California california wildlife birds feeding seeds bay area lake merritt Oakland finch Pine Siskin liquidamber

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Full moon rising over the hills of Oakland, California

Tags:   december 29 december 2020 moonrise hills california oakland moon full moon

N 13 B 253 C 1 E Dec 23, 2020 F Dec 23, 2020
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This female Hooded Merganser was resting in a local lagoon, both eyes closed. Bird portraits are most often about the eye, capturing the spirit and soulfulness of the bird through the catch light and gaze.

With sleeping ducks, I feel peace when I see both eyes closed, when they peek only occasionally to make sure all is right in their world, then return to full slumber. Birds can sleep with a single eye open while the other half of their brain rests. But they peek more often when we humans or other dangers are nearby.

So here, I just relished the simplicity of a sleeping duck, left to her own dreams and unconscious impressions, evolving upon her own canvas of marble and light.

Tags:   floating sleeping female duck merganser hooded merganser


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