Today’s photos are the regular Sunday portion of bird photos by John Avise. John’s narrative and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Be Snowy
On this winter’s day in the northern Hemisphere, the theme is snow: birds with the words “snow” or “snowy” in their official common names. Although some of these species (notably the Snow Goose and Snowy Owl) nest at very high latitudes on Arctic tundra, they probably get their names not from their habitat but rather from their snowy-white plumages.
All of these photographs were taken in Southern California during the winter months.
Snowy Plover breeding adult, Charadrius alexandrinus (an endangered species):
Another Snowy Plover:
Snowy Plover chick:
Snow Goose adult, Anser caerulescens:
Immature Snow Goose:
Immature Snow Goose swimming:
Immature Snow Goose head portrait:
Snow Geese flying:
Snow Goose feet:
Snowy Egret, Egretta thula:
Another Snowy Egret:
Snowy Egret flying (this photo graced the front cover of one of my authored books):
Snowy Owl, Nyctea scandiaca (this bird was an astoundingly rare find here in Southern California this winter) (look at those feathered feet!):
That same vagrant Snowy Owl: