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15 December 2007 @ 09:03 pm
Baylands  
This afternoon I headed out for a walk in the Palo Alto baylands. Birdwatching or photography was not on the menu, but just a long nice walk in the cool afternoon breeze. It was a wonderful way to end a long week and interestingly I had some lifers for my bird list. Anyway, I did manage to snap a couple of birds as well.






The comical Northern Shoveler. We get these in India and around Bangalore too! :)


Now we know why it's called "Shoveler"


A White-crowned Sparrow


This one's called a Fox Sparrow! :)


A Golden-crowned sparrow


Golden-crowned sparrow(s)






 
 
 
kejnkejn on December 16th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
ah, sweet sparrows!
sparrows don't get much attention by cameras, do they? but they have beauty and personality too.

the shoveler is called "spoon duck" in swedish (skedand).
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on December 16th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
Splendid!! Never knew there were so many types of sparrows until now.
Yathinyathin on December 16th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
ID-ing sparrows in North America is like identifying warblers of Eastern India and there are many many more and I think I can just ID a small fraction of them.
Origaoriga on December 16th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
Amazing and beautiful, both the duck and the sparrows :) Why does that one called a Fox Sparrow?
Ruth: Catlaruth on December 16th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous shots and nicely sharp! What lens are you using?
Yathinyathin on December 16th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Atopiaailleurs on December 16th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
They were lovely! Thanks for posting!
velvetinkvelvetink on December 16th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
:) very nice, the duck with the yellow eye is interesting.
depontideponti on December 16th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you...such crisp, clear pictures...sparrows look so perky and...very optimistic, somehow.
Sigurrósvictory_rose on December 16th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos, the lot of them. :-)
Premshree Pillaipremshree on December 17th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
The Northern Shoveler looks gorgeous!