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Anatomy of a photo #3: Great Egret hunting in the fog


This image was made while kayaking early one morning on Drake’s Estero. When I saw this egret on the local oyster farm’s racks, I knew right away that I wanted a vertical orientation to the picture. The structure of the … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo # 14: Three Willets in pickleweed


As I look through my photographs of animal images, I notice more and more that there are two main lighting conditions that most of my favorite portraits were taken in- early/late low angle sun, or else while the subject was … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #41: The Willet walking away


I took this picture towards the end of a very long day of driving and hiking around Point Reyes National Seashore. I had woken up that morning to hear on the radio that the air quality was exceptionally clear, and … Continue reading

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White-tailed Kites: An essay in photos


New Here on the West Coast of the United States we only have one type of Kite that we see with any regularity- the White-tailed Kite. A small raptor with a hint of elegance about its fluid, sweeping wing beats, … Continue reading

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Gobble gobble


Gobble. Gobble gobble, gobble. Gobble gobble gobble Gobble-gobble-gobble. Gibble? Gobble. Gobble! *This post has been brought to you by the wild turkeys of West Marin. No animals were injured or killed in the making of this post, nor were they … Continue reading

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The Red-necked Phalarope: One of the littlest birds that could


New This is one of the funnest little birds that I know of to watch, and one of the more remarkable. I often see them on the bays near where I live during as they migrate between the arctic where … Continue reading

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The Elegant Tern of the Seasons (and no, “auto-correct” did not goof the title)


New Orion twinkled above me as I slid my kayak into the water this morning. I clicked off my headlamp and paddled into the slowly brightening day, my paddlerocketing me my gentle paddle strokes easing me into the coming adventure. … Continue reading

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A portrait of Three Young Kestrels


New Where I used to live there was a hole in the eave, and it turned out to be the perfect size and shape for kestrels to make a nest in. You see, they are cavity nesters, and like to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #80: Helmeted Guinea Fowl


New What does it mean to photograph wildlife? Sitting (or lying) for hours in a hide or a blind? Careful stalking through the woods, practicing woodcraft handed down throughout the generations? Having a 500+mm lens that you cart around in … Continue reading

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Bath time: A feathered adventure in photos


New Today’s post is simply a fun series of images of Black Turnstones (a shorebird that we commonly have here on Tomales Bay) taking a bath. I captured these photographs from my kayak on a grey and foggy day.I don’t … Continue reading

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Warning: No Lifeguard On Duty


New I’ll let people make their own judgment on what this photograph means, as I feel that it is pretty self explanatory. I will however mention a detail or two about how it was captured, as from just looking at … Continue reading

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The Male Kestrel: An essay of photos


New In my last post I showed photos of a female Kestrel, and then discussed some of the identifying characteristics that we could see. Today, I will be showing my photographs of male Kestrels, and describing some of the ways … Continue reading

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