Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Naked Ladies

Naked Ladies, originally uploaded by sgrace.

A sign that fall is coming.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Corcoran Lagoon and More

Starling, originally uploaded by sgrace.

At Corcoran Lagoon, I saw a flock of European Starling on the Library lawn.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

I went down to the Rivermouth looking for interesting birds and got retro-looking shot of the boardwalk. For most of the month it's been foggy until about 11:00am each day.

GoldfinchGreat Blue Heron

I went to Antonelli Pond for the first time early in the month. I saw several small songbirds like this Goldfinch and also shorebirds. I've never seen a Blue Heron roosting at the top of a tree; that was unusual.

Catching Up

Santa Cruz Harbor, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Despite school starting last week, I made several little photo ventures in August.

At the beginning of the month, I there was an unusual number of anchovies all over the Central Coast. I definitely saw a wider variety of shorebirds than ever before. These Elegant Terns are feeding their young.

Santa Cruz Harbor, originally uploaded by sgrace.

More Pelicans than I have ever seen on the SC Harbor jetty. I didn't realize that Brown Pelicans were endangered.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Seeing Double

Seeing Double, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Brown Pelicans enjoying a run of anchovies in the Santa Cruz Harbor.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Harbor Seal

Harbor Seal, originally uploaded by sgrace.

There's a great deal of marine animal action in the area lately due to schools of anchovies hanging around. I generally see one or two seals a week in the harbor; there were about 15 out last week when I took this picture.

Glamour Squirrel

Glamour Squirrel, originally uploaded by sgrace.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Harbor Visitors

Elegant Tern, originally uploaded by sgrace.

There have been a ton of terns and pelicans in the harbor feeding on anchovies.

Brown Pelican
There was also some Heerman's Gulls and a Blue Heron out that morning.

Heermann's Gull


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron, originally uploaded by sgrace.

The weather has been sunny and great for birding. I was excited to catch three roosting Black Crowned Night Herons at Corcoran Lagoon this week. There were also several Snowy Egrets, a Blue Heron, a Brown Pelican, and the usual flock of Mallards and occasional American Coot.