This Lake Is For the Birds

Literally.  Lake Merritt, in Oakland, California, is actually a tidal lagoon and includes the oldest dedicated wildlife refuge in the United States, which was established in 1870! I am fortunate to live across the street from the Lake, which is why I take so many photographs of birds!

Canada Geese
Snowy Egret

Posted for Terri’s Sunday Stills: For the #Birds.

The Focus Is For the Birds But…..

The bird is beautiful!

I had not seen this bird before, nor have I seen him since. He appeared one day last March when I was out with a camera, and sadly I didn’t have a repeat opportunity to take a focused shot. Does anyone know what the species is? And where he might more normally be found in North America?



And here’s another little guy I’ve only seem once – on the same day I saw the above beauty. Can anyone identify this one for me?


Posted for Terri’s Sunday Still’s For the #Birds.

The Dark and the Light

Not only does this gull have both dark and light in his own coloring, but there is the contrast of the lightness of his feathers against the dark water.fullsizeoutput_1ba3White flowers against a dark background.fullsizeoutput_1cbcA black pigeon against a light wooden dock and bright water.fullsizeoutput_1cc6Posted for Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: The Dark and the Light.