Checked a bunch of ponds for amphibian eggs yesterday. Here are some photos of what we found. Check the caption and click on the photos to enlarge.
California Red-legged frog eggs mass.
CRF egg mass closer look.
CRF egg mass up close.
In addition to frog eggs, we also found newt eggs.
We even found one fresh batch of California Tiger Salamander eggs.
California tiger salamander eggs. Note the nucleus in this backlit photo.
Had several hundred photos of deer, skunks, turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, red-tails, golden eagles, doves, quail and squirrels.
Here is the best photo so far.
After the sun went down, but while there was still some back-light, this forked horn buck walked in front of my camera.
We were looking for bucks all last week at Devil’s Garden. We found some, but also a bunch of other animals of interest.
Antelope were prevalent near Clear Lake.
One buck crossed the road in front of us.
Saw this bobcat near Badger Well.
Saw this badger near Kellogg Mountain.
Found a spot with a bunch of doves. Not sure why they were there.
This is how one buck chose to react.
Had to check with my hawk expert Joe DiDonato to figure out what type of hawk this is. Swainson’s
Decided this must be a hen sage grouse.
Good light on this redtail.
We also came across a lot of cattle and a couple other domestic or feral animals.
This horse seemed too tame to be wild.
This guard dog took his job seriously.
Saw four bull elk, but they did not stick around for a photo. Three of them were spikes and the other was big, but didn’t see his antlers. Didn’t photograph the cattle, but now I wish I had. Saw lot of tracks – bobcat, deer, elk, coyote, great blue heron, raccoon and observed a few elk rubs.
Coyotes didn’t stay for a photo. Neither did one herd of eight wild horses.
Observed a great horned owl, ospreys and vultures. Don’t recall seeing any eagles.
Heard many bullfog in lakes and streams. Night hawks seemed to be everywhere making the noise they do with their wings when the dive.
Fished a bit in Janes Reservoir. Caught some small bass a crappie.
Plenty of bugs.
Of course I’m leaving a few things out.
Thought Monday might be a good day to catch a salmon, so my friend, Captain Bob, and I headed to the south buoy to see what we could find.
Nobody there so we asked on the radio where everybody was. The response was “head south on 210 and you’ll find the fishermen.”
We did and we did, but we couldn’t catch a fish – not even a hit-and-run.
However I did snap a few photos of some of the whales that we circling us most of the day. That’s all I’ve got.
There were quite a few birds around as well. This gull was a pretty boy.
We also noticed that the area we fished was loaded with sea-birds eating something on the surface of the water. Maybe krill (small fish) – possibly the same thing the whales were after.
The trip back got a bit rough, which made things a bit more interesting. All and all it was a good day. From the reports we got, our experience was consistent with the norm, but a few nice salmon were caught.
Here are a few I found in the archives. You can see that the predominant antler characteristic is forked horn. A four-point buck is unusual.
This is a nice buck. Saw one bigger but didn’t get a photo.
This buck is pretty big. How wide?
This buck watched as I drove by. He was about 50 yards off the road.
These are all California black-tailed deer.
Top left: Cache Creek (My brother, Rob, took this one.). Top Center: Golden Gate Park. Top right: Pebble Beach.
Second row left: Sand trap at Pebble Beach.
Second row up from the bottom on the left is another Golden Gate Park buck.
I believe all the rest were photographed on or near our ranch in Alameda County.
Here are two more shots of this morning’s sunrise at Webb Tract in the California Delta.