Our guide, Jack Johnson picked up my camera and too this photo. This is surely the closest I’ve ever been to a brown bear, at least while awake.
Got out early this morning and came across some gobblers following a bearded hen. Her beard was almost as long as the gobbler’s. Took these photos from the truck blind.
The light wasn’t great, but the turkeys were.
Over a month ago, a pair of white-tailed kites moved into our neighborhood. They were very visible and very out of place.
The neighbors behind me have a large back yard with redwood trees and live oaks. They were selling their house and had moved out, leaving it vacant. The house sold quickly and nobody appeared for several weeks.
The kites took over one of the live oak trees and seemed to be building a nest and mating activities began.
Then, after a couple weeks, although the nest was not visible to us, it seemed that eggs must present. Several times, we observed the kites chasing off invading ravens.
Three or four times I nearly retrieved my camera during moments when the kites perched on the very top of the large redwoods.
I feared that the new neighbors would move in and disturb the nest before the chicks were hatched and gone. It seemed unlikely that the duo would succeed in their efforts.
Escrow closed last Friday and yesterday the new neighbors hired a tree service to trim the trees in their new back yard. At 8:00 AM, the chain saws began to buzz.
An army of tree trimmers invaded the live oaks.
The kites are gone now, which is not surprising. Wish I’d taken that picture.
Drove to the ranch with a friend yesterday. This horned lark was unafraid.
The sun came out and the bay appeared, backlit by the setting sun.
A gobbler peaked from the tall grass.
A political statement?
Just in from Canada.
Saw our first fawn of the year, but it was too far away for a photo.