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03 November 2007 @ 08:43 pm
Baylands...  
I made a quick trip to the Palo Alto baylands this afternoon. The weather was great and I needed a nice long walk along the shores as well. The usual birds were there in attendance, but nothing new to me as far as my bird list was concerned. However, I did get some interesting photographs.






A juvenile Double-crested Cormorant



Cormorants dive for fishing and catch their fishes underwater. Here's how they begin the dive.



The cormorant looking for fish underwater.




A male Mallard



A male Gadwall taking off



An immature Golden-crowned sparrow (I think)



A Snowy Egret - found a fish, so about to pounce on it.





 
 
 
Arun Pillaiarunpillai on November 4th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Interesting . My pick - A male Mallard
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IdahoSwedeidahoswede on November 4th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
Between my husband, David Attenborough and you, I have definitely developed a MUCH stronger interest in birds. My father was a man who could name most wild birds by a call or sight, I should have paid more attention to him when I was young.
ex_neke on November 4th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Lovely. Especially the last one. :)
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
Those are gorgeous! I love the Snowy Egret.
Atopiaailleurs on November 4th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
The last (screened) comment was from me. I didn't realize that I wasn't logged in.
zhenzhizhenzhi on November 4th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
ooooooooooh! really beautiful photos. :-)
ashbirderashbirder on November 4th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Nice 'underwater' photo..

What is a bayland exactly? Is it just a name or a particular kind of habitat?
Yathinyathin on November 4th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
The area is a mixture of salt ponds and seasonal marsh lands. Here's more:
http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/baytrail/vtour/map3/access/Btpalto/Btpalto.htm
Anush Shettyanushsh on November 5th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Wow .. Amazing photographs and documentation too.
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on November 5th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
The streamline on the 'begin a dive' pic is simply brilliant... awesome pic.
avinash_kjavinash_kj on November 5th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Great... Nopes Brilliant Images Yathin ! Good going :)
avinash_kjavinash_kj on November 5th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
btw, What equipment are you using now ? coz these pics look a lot different than the ones on your Webspace.
Yathinyathin on November 5th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
I'm using the same old camera and lens. (Nikon D70 + Nikon 300mm f/4)
depontideponti on November 6th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Loved 'em all...but the last one especially. And thanks for the info, too.