Crabbing #4

Seagull eating crab's leg
Even the crab’s leg is eaten. No cracking tool just straight down the throat. Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Crabbing #3

seagull eat crab
This seagull caught this crab and brought it to the rocky shore. It dropped it and began tearing the meat from the crab’s underside. I took this photo on the Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing (cont.)

Seagull holding crab
The seagull has landed and will begin eating the crab it caught earlier. I photographed this on the Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing

Seagull flying with crab
The seagull just grabbed this crab and was flying to a dry spot to eat it. Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Bringing a Fish

Osprey flying in with a fish
These osprey eyases are growing in size and hunger. One of the eyases seems to be expressing need when seeing its father landing with a fish in its talons.

Leaving the Nest with Two Watching

Osprey flying from the nest while to babies look on.
Two eyases have their heads down, and all we can see is their eyes peeking out from the nest. I took this at Sonoma Lake, Sonoma County, CA.

An Osprey Flying with a Fish

Osprey flying with a fish.
This is the same picture of the osprey that I published yesterday but tightly cropped. I’ve been learning about wildlife cropping from Matt Kloskowski’s Wildlife Editing Secrets course. He’s recommending that we consider the environment and the action of the wildlife when cropping. The crop would be based on what the photographer thought was most important.

Osprey Landing with a Fish

Osprey landing
This osprey had been in its nest, tearing up this fish and feeding its young. It had flown off and was landing on this pole. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Aerodynamics of the Osprey, Part 4

Once touch down is successful, the osprey flattens its wings to reduce drag and settles into the nest. I took this at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

The AErODYNAMICS of an Osprey

bird flying
Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are a very aerodynamic bird that can fly at speeds of 80 mph/ 128 kmh and glide with minimal flapping of wings. As this one approaches its nest, it must slow down.This is the 1st in a 4 part series. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Catching Itself After Falling

A fledging snowy egret catches itself after a fall.
This fledgling snowy egret was trying to fly from branch to branch when I saw it fall. It successfully grabbed long stringy branches that hang down from the eucalyptus tree where they nest. It slowly made its way up to higher branches. I photographed this bird at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, CA.

An Osprey Brings Half a Fish

An osprey flys into a nest
About 15 minutes later the original bird flew off with the fish. Its partner did not seem to want it. I photographed these birds at Lake Sonoma in Sonoma County, California.

Turning Away

Anna's Hummingbird flying away
This Anna’s hummingbird had been at a feeder when it turned and began flying off. Their speed can be as high as 61 mph or 27 meters per second.

Leaving the Nest

Red-shouldered hawk flying away from its nest.
This red-shouldered hawk is leaving the nest. If you look closely you can see a fuzzy head of an eyas above the edge of the nest. I took this picture at Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa, CA.

Touch Down

Canadian goose landing on water
A Canadian goose coming in for a landing at Ellis Creek, Petaluma, California.

Bird Behavior

bird aggression
This snowy egret has chased the other bird away and is now showing an aggressive stance.

Nesting White Heron Ready to Take Flight

Great White Heron getting ready to fly.
This is one of the many herons and egrets that are nesting at the W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California.

Nesting Time

flying bird with stick
This snowy egret picked up this rather large stick and is flying it to its nest.

Attempting to Land on a Persian Cornflower

Flower and Bees
This image was taken at Bees and Bloom a park and garden in Santa Rosa, California

Honey Bee on a Flower

Honey bee on a flower
This image was taken at Bees and Bloom a park and garden in Santa Rosa, California
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