Waterbirds of the Delta

Birds were everywhere last weekend and the bright sun made photographing them a little easier than usual.

Here are a few:

(click on the photo to enlarge)

This cormorant could have been bronze.

This cormorant could have been bronze.

Coots are everywhere in the Delta

Why is there no hunting on Little Franks. It no longer serves as a refuge as there’s no habitat. Before the levees crumbled, Little Franks was marsh, now it’s open water.

Seems to be more tundra swans than last year.

Seems to be more tundra swans than last year.

tundra swansSandhill cranes seem to increase in numbers each year. Twenty years ago we seldom saw a crane. 

They're called sandhill cranes for a reason. Webb Tract has lots of sand hills and cranes too.

They’re called sandhill cranes for a reason. Webb Tract has lots of sand hills and cranes too.

Specs and rusty equipment belong at Webb.

Sandhill cranes make great sounds.

The cranes are quite large. In a few states they are hunted.

The cranes are quite large. In a few states they are hunted.

Sandhills a quite a sight.

Sandhills are quite a sight.

The Delta is quite a place when all the winter visitors are present.

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