Osprey, White-faced Ibis at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary , Irvine, Ca

osprey takeoff

osprey takeoff

osprey8459Osprey with fish osprey8483Osprey with fish

Osprey with fish in talon

Osprey with fish in talon

ibis_landing8568White-faced Ibis at Sunset ibis_land8572White-faced Ibis landing at Sunset with Black-necked Stilts

 

The best times to photograph at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, Ca is at Sunset and early in the morning with the softer and warmer light. The White-faced Ibis land in the shallow water within 15-30 min of sunset and at that time you can get the iridescent colors of the wings with the sun hitting them from the front. Also are several duck species including Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, N Shoveler, and lots of Coots. There was a Kingfisher that was diving for fish but not within range of my lens. They are extremely hard to get close to.

Snowy Owls 2

Snowy Owl in Flight

Snowy Owl in Flight

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl cleaning Talons

Snowy Owl cleaning Talons

Snowy Owl at Takeoff

Snowy Owl at Takeoff

More Snowy Owl photos from our trip to Seattle in early Jan. I went through my original images and found a few more that I liked out of a couple of hundred raw shots. Sometimes it pays to go back and process images that did not “pop out” the first time around.

Can anyone ID this Duck ?

duck8030 Mystery Duck

Here are 2 views of the same Duck at Santee Lakes, San Diego, Co  California shot on Feb 15. My guess is that it is a hybrid. There is a faint green stripe running from the eye above the white supercillium towards the throat.

Can anyone ID this duck ? Please comment.

I just got an email confirming that it is possibly a black Swedish duck mixed in with mallard. Thanks Darlene.

Larry Moskovitz

close up of Duck

close up of Duck