California Wetlands

StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I amPosts: 6,540 Major grins

Made few trips to Central Valley Wetlands. This is the season for migratory birds. Didn't get many dynamic shots that I wanted but did capture my Phirst Pheasant! They are way to shy to have a real chance....

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  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,588 moderator

    Wow, wow, wow! You have some awesome shots here. My favorites are # 6 and 7.

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 3,311 Major grins

    Nice series! I think I recognize that tree. Was that in Merced? If so, let me know when you're there again. I live about 15 minutes away and would love to put a face to a name!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks so much Denise! I am cheered!

    Sure Mike! Yes that is Merced! Way to recognize that tree! Will ping you....cheers!

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 3,311 Major grins
    edited December 23, 2016

    @Stumblebum said:

    Way to recognize that tree!

    Because of this....lol!

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Wonderful Mike! That is a killer shot!

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,588 moderator

    @Stumblebum said:
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    Just took another look... #11 is exquisite. It's almost as if the birds were posing for you!

  • mcamannmcamann Beginner grinner Posts: 27 Big grins

    Wow! These are exquisite.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks Denise! Can't say that enough!! The birds were nice....they didn't take off! ;o)

    Thanks Mcamann!! Greatly appreciate kind comment!

  • David_S85David_S85 Spotter of Dgrin Spam and Oddities ChicagolandPosts: 11,506 moderator

    What wonderful light you got! Great variety of subjects, including that shy pheasant.

    My Smugmug
    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    @David_S85 said:
    What wonderful light you got! Great variety of subjects, including that shy pheasant.

    Thanks David! Golden hour is awesome and at that time birds tend to mellow out and lower guard just a tad.....seem more focused on feeding......so its a win-win for us!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • halconhalcon Major grins ColombiaPosts: 150 Major grins

    These are some nice shots but it would be nice if you identified the birds.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks Halcon. The white birds are cackling geese, color full one is Pheasant, the yellow necked one is Meadow Lark, The blue one is Great Blue Heron. the white one with yellow beak is Giant Egret, Hawk is Red Tailed hawk.....not sure about others.

  • roaddog52roaddog52 Major grins In the sticks, NE of SeattlePosts: 856 Major grins

    Great set!!! So sorry to hear you didn't get many dynamic shots, LOL. I should have such a bad day ;) . #7 is fantastic. #17 is a redwing blackbird.

    Phil

    I don't know where I'm going, but I'm going anyway.

    Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity!
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks kindly Phil! Can't say that enough!

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,516 Major grins

    Taz, you did Merced proud! I've never seen a Pheasant there - great catch. These are all wonderful shots with perfect sundown lighting. I'm afraid jealousy has raised it's ugly green head in my house! And for the record - I'm about 2'1/2 hours away from the Merced reserves - a ping my way would be great too!!

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks for the kind words Jo! I had never seen Pheasants there before either but have seen them twice, with large groups. They of course take off right away but this particular one gave me few moments.....
    I would love to shoot will you....there is still time early next year, supposedly peak, so maybe we should all get together one day and give it a try!
    Happy New Year to you!

  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,042 Major grins

    Simply beautiful series. Makes me want to head out and get some nature shots.

    Steve

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks Steve! Appreciate kind comment very much! Happy New Year to you!
    These places are not that far from you......
    If need any info, let me know!
    Cheers!

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 3,311 Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Thanks for the kind words Jo! I had never seen Pheasants there before either but have seen them twice, with large groups. They of course take off right away but this particular one gave me few moments.....
    I would love to shoot will you....there is still time early next year, supposedly peak, so maybe we should all get together one day and give it a try!
    Happy New Year to you!

    I've never seen Pheasants in all of my years going there. Going to try and get out there this week.

    BTW, #9 is a White-faced Ibis.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Mike and Jo.....Pheseant is from San Luis Wildlife Refuge....since both refuges are less than 20 minutes apart....I combined them....but just recalled that shot....I never go to just one of these when I go.....they are that close by

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,516 Major grins

    I always do Merced Waterfowl, San Luis Waterfowl and San Luis Tule Elk when I trek to the valley. Can't go there and ignore any one of them!

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 3,311 Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Mike and Jo.....Pheseant is from San Luis Wildlife Refuge....since both refuges are less than 20 minutes apart....I combined them....but just recalled that shot....I never go to just one of these when I go.....they are that close by

    Ah, that makes sense....sort of. When I was working, I worked in Los Banos. I would frequently stop at the San Luis Complex on the way in and/or home. Never saw Pheasants there either, but I went there for the Tule Elk.

    Since you're not "local" I would have done the same thing. Go to both!

  • Cygnus StudiosCygnus Studios Commercial Photographer San Francisco's North BayPosts: 2,042 Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Thanks Steve! Appreciate kind comment very much! Happy New Year to you!
    These places are not that far from you......
    If need any info, let me know!
    Cheers!

    There are a few choice wetlands in the area, including a very big one heading up towards Sac, however time is what I lack. Last year I tried to make some time for some "fun" photography, but it didn't work out. Maybe this year will be different :p and I'll be able to take more than just work photos.

    Steve

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Mike, Jo, Steve - I think my Pheasant spotting recipe is to go on weekday (I had time off at tend of the year) and early afternoon......it was just me and maybe 1 or 2 cars.....only once did I get a chance to shoot....at other times they noticed the car and males flew off and hid......and females were relying on camouflage. I tried to get close to them and they ran off as well.

    So if you go on a day when there are dozens of car, you have to assume there is no opportunity for us to surprise them as car ahead of you would have cleared them out.....
    One time I waited for HALF hour hoping they would come back out of hiding and consider silence to be normal, but they are obviously smarter than I give them credit for and never came back out....

    Hope you score!

  • PhotoGuy1PhotoGuy1 Fullerton, CA Posts: 1 Beginner grinner
    Impressive, reminds me of a few places I've not been to in some time. Especially these days to hear the words 'wetlands' and 'California' in the same sentence is tough to imagine. Well hopefully the rain we are getting this week will help out.
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks Photoguy! Hope you get out.... These Wildlife refuges have their on wells, so they maintain the seasonal wetlands! Rains do help, and this weekend will be a soaker! Cheers!

  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314 Major grins

    Easily among the very finest series of nature photos I've seen. From your thoughtful compositions, to your control of light, these are really sensational.

    Tony

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks so much Tony!

  • TonyVanSchoorTonyVanSchoor United States of AmericaPosts: 8 Beginner grinner
    The first photo with the three Ross's Geese is Great! Here in Maryland we will be lucky to see half a dozen throughout the state! You Get three together in one shot!!!! Love It!
  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,540 Major grins

    Thanks Tony! Lucky enough that they come here every year and in thousands!

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