Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the second set of bird photos taken by Joe Dickinson on a recent visit to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in in the California Central Valley near Los Banos (the first set is here). Joe’s captions are indented.

This great blue heron (Ardea herodias)  looks to me like it has some blood on its beak.  Probably scored a gopher or mouse  recently.

This is a yellowlegs, probably lesser (Tringa flavipes).

A congregation of coots (Fulica americana).  I just decided that that is the appropriate collective term for coots.

This and two following, more sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis).

This gives an idea of the number of geese (Anser caerulescens and Chen rossii).  To make a decent photo, I had to crop this to about 1/3 of the line.

And more geese all the way down.

18 Comments

  1. Posted January 15, 2020 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Beautiful Joe! And: Lucky you!

  2. Posted January 15, 2020 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  3. Posted January 15, 2020 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks.

  4. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Great photos. The Merced National Wildlife Refuge seems to be a wonderful place!

  5. rickflick
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! I notice what look like white fronted geese mixed in with the snow geese in the last two frames.

    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_White-fronted_Goose/id

    • Dominic
      Posted January 15, 2020 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      Exactly like a Peter Scott painting!

      • rickflick
        Posted January 15, 2020 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        Nice.

      • joe Dickinson
        Posted January 15, 2020 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, but it needs the mountains. We did have that where we viewed the geese near Delta, Utah. I was going to show an example, but I can’t figure out how to add a photo to a comment. Can someone explain?

        • rickflick
          Posted January 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

          I think, if you upload the jpg to a site on the web, then place the link to it in your comment, it should show up.

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted January 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I think you’re right. We do usually see them there although in much smaller numbers than the white species.

      • rickflick
        Posted January 15, 2020 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        Same here on the snake. The ratio last year was about 40 to 1.

  6. boudiccadylis
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    And I thought we had a lot of Canadian geese. Nice pics.

  7. Dominic
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    It’s no goose – but it is Snow geese…

  8. Posted January 15, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Merced NWR is a fantastic birding destination. Love the images.

  9. revelator60
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I have just devised an “appropriate collective term for coots”: cooties!

    • revelator60
      Posted January 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

      On second thought, that is really more of term describing a group of coots. I will leave through the back door.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted January 15, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos…those geese numbers are unbelievable. Thanks.

  11. Posted January 16, 2020 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Lovely work as always, Joe. Thanks!


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