Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winter Birding

These photos were taken on Feb 4 and 6 at Los Gatos Creek Trail. Bird names are listed in the captions.

Male and female greater scaup (Aythya marila)

Male greater scaup (Aythya marila)

male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) fishing

Male and female mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Male and female mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Male mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Pfeiffer Beach Sunset

Winter is generally the best time in California for sunsets. You get lots of pretty clouds and colorful skies. This winter I have not gotten out as much as I have wanted to for sunsets along the coast, but I finally took some time the other day (Friday, February 3rd) and went down to Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. Surprisingly there were no other photographers on the beach- It was a Friday night- I guess everyone else had plans and left the beach for me. I have no problem with this! Wish it happened more often!