Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Palo Alto Baylands

These photos were taken three weeks ago in Palo Alto at the Baylands that connect to the San Francisco Bay. There were tons (that is a scientific term) of nesting snowy egrets and black crowned night herons in the trees along with many other species fishing and foraging.

Two American avocets (Recurvirostra americana) with a black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) in the background.
A black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).

A nesting cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota).

A pair of nesting cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota).

A black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) near its nest.

A black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) in flight.

A snowy egret (Egretta thula) on its nest.
A snowy egret (Egretta thula) on its nest.

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii). This photo was the last bird photo of the day, so it was kind of dark but I was excited to see an oriole. I had to add it.

The last photo as the sun was setting behind the trees.