Readers’ wildlife photos

February 25, 2021 • 8:00 am

I’m seriously low on photos; you don’t want this feature to disappear, do you? (I have about a week’s worth left.) Please send in your good ones!

Today’s batch comes from reader Bob Fritz. His captions are indented, and click on the screenshot to enlarge the photos:

Here are some bird photographs taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, California. The reserve has a mix of salt and freshwater marshes with many hiking trails, and hosts a wide variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia):

The Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) struts and spreads its wings while hunting for fish. In the first picture the left leg is bent back, causing it to appear like a pole behind the bird.

The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) flies low to catch its prey, with its narrow beak gliding through the water.

Bolsa Chica at sunset.  View facing north-west, with Pacific Coast Highway on the left.

14 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Nice photos!

    I love the sunset shot. Brings back memories of walking the Orange County beaches in the 90s when I was working in Long Beach remotely, on the company’s nickel. I ate well! (The Abbey tavern and Walt’s Wharf were favorites and walking distance from my hotel.)

    1. Hi James: The pandemic has afforded me time to review older photographs – this set is from 2007 – 2012. The Rock Pigeon was taken with a Canon 5D. The other photos used a Canon 5D Mark II. All bird shots were taken with a Canon 100-400 telephoto (mostly @ 400mm) and the sunset used a Canon 24-105. Processing in Adobe Lightroom with help from Topaz Sharpen AI.

  2. Goodness PCC (E) on the photos. They wax and wane, contribution wise…

    But SOME of us are a little intimidated by the high quality of what you publish – we’re scared of sending in our own modest works.
    I have a cell phone taken stick insect from the 14th floor (!) of my NYC apartment – it’s presence is impressive – but when I think of sending it in I look at ANOTHER perfect Antarctic vista sunset or Spielberg-ready Jurassic Park insect series*…. I get a tad intimidated….
    *like yesterday’s charismatic dragonflies – superb!

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