A Great Egret at MNSA

Tuesday, November 2, 2021,

I was on vacation from my regular job a week ago and finally managed to get out and take some photos. I enjoyed great weather for the most part and was out every single day. I visited several of my favorite haunts, including the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, which is where I captured these two images. This is a Great Egret wading through the tall saltwater marsh grass in search of piscine delectables.  JK


Portraits of an American Robin

Thursday, November 19, 2020,

This is a Robin that I photographed at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside last month. It appears to be a female in mid-molt but I really do not know for certain. It was chowing down on some Juniper berries when I found it. Apparently the berries were more interesting than  me because, other than a few glances in my direction, it pretty much ignored me. It was kinda like being back in high school.  JK




Savannah Sparrow

Monday, November 2, 2020,

This is a Savannah Sparrow. This is a newish bird to me. I’ve heard of Savannah Sparrows but I never expected to photograph one. In fact, when I took this pic, I thought it was a Song Sparrow. However, when I was looking over my photos, I had second thoughts. There was something about the face that didn’t seem right. I couldn’t place my finger on it, but I knew who could. I sent this photo to my friend Daryl Ramrattan. Daryl is another wildlife photographer that I’ve known for a couple of years. More than that, he is one of the best birders I know. Daryl identified this bird as a Savannah Sparrow, which, no lie, kinda made my day. I had another sparrow under my vest, except I really don’t. I don’t think I could really ever identify this bird or another one like it as a Savannah Sparrow. Luckily, I still have Daryl on speed dial. It’s good to have friends. JK.