First, the blossoms are here! Despite seeing them every year, it's still exciting to see these beautiful flowers. I took these from the Phoenix Pond in Steveston, but they are starting to blossom everywhere in the city now.
Using the 1:2 magnification on my telephoto lens to do macro photography.
I like this image.
This image is nice too, with the soft colours.
I saw one pollinator on these flowers too - a fly of some sort.
Saw my first turtle of the year too. Just one, but I think pretty soon many of them will be piling on this board again, like this.
While taking photos of the bittern, an insect flew across my view. I initially thought it was a cranefly, similar size, but then I look closer, I realized it was a wasp!
I am not a bug expert, so I enlarged the picture and asked the experts over at Bug Guide.
Hopefully, I will have an answer.
At Terra Nova Natural Area was where I saw this Great Blue Heron. Before I took these photos below, I saw it stabbed a large fish, threw on the grass, and stabbed it again. I immediately went to get closer to get some shots, but the fish was in its throat by the time I got closer. I'll never get tired of watching these guys, especially when in hunting mode.
In the middle field was this immature Bald Eagle. At first, I thought it was someone crouching in the field. I am not certain why it was on the ground at the time, and I was worried that it might be injured or something. However, after a minute of me watching it, it took off - with crows cawing all around. Good to see it unhurt and flying.
Two images of a young Golden-crowned Sparrow.
Two of the several shy American Wigeons that are so difficult to photograph.
Beautiful weather today.
Using the kit lens, I took this close-up shot of Hooker's Willow (Salix hookeriana). But then I got curious how much closer I can take with my telephoto lens, and so I changed the lens... and got much closer.