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13 January 2008 @ 07:10 pm
Weekend at home  
It's the end of yet another lazy weekend. I finished the book I was reading, cleaned up the house, did laundry and even had some time to get out for a bit of birding and photography. I headed out to the Shoreline lake in Mountain View this afternoon to catch some sun after a week of stormy weather. There are two trails about half a mile apart from each other - one in Palo Alto called the Charleston Slough and the other in Shoreline lake in Mountain View. I've noticed that the birds - sparrows and ducks - in the Charleston Slough area are very shy and just scoot as soon as they've seen us whereas the birds in the Shoreline lake don't care how close you are to them. Today, the ducks, coots and sparrows were so close that I could really reach out and catch them. It was a little too close for photography but being able to watch them from so close is more fun than photography itself!

This is the boat club at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View.

A male Surf Scoter - looking as comical as ever!

A bunch of male Buffleheads were in attendance today

And the marshes around the corner was being patrolled by this Northern Harrier

An Eared Grebe (in India it is called the Black-necked Grebe)

zhenzhizhenzhi on January 14th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
wow, that must have been wonderful to be able to get so close! lovely! :-)