Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some photos by reader Joe Dickinson, who says “Here are a few photos from Paceco Pond in Marin County, CA.” His captions are indented:

First, sunrise over the pond.

Tule fog on a field adjacent to the pond also caught nice light from the sunrise.  For those who know the area, I believe that is Mt. Diablo in the background.

The lighting makes identification tricky, but I believe these are coots (Fulica americana).

A mute swan (Cygnus olor, introduced from Europe) seemed to be sleeping with its head tucked under a wing when I spotted, it but proceeded to go through a picturesque sequence of stretching and preening in the nice morning light.


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Some great photos. The swan is an amazing bird.

  2. Merilee
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    The swan photos are especially beautiful.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 8:31 am | Permalink


    ASCII text just doesn’t capture my reaction here…

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    The coots are a familiar sight here on the Snake River too. They are the most abundant and widespread rail in North America.

  5. Posted December 1, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Lovely pictures. Thanks.

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    All beautiful and soothing to look at on this dripping gray day in Berkeley.

  7. Liz
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I love the mute swan pictures. Beautiful.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted December 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous light in these photos. Thanks

  9. Posted December 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    This is how I imagine the Ugly Duckling at the end.

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