Thursday, July 14, 2011

Western sandpiper in summer colors, Point Reyes National Seashore

Western sandpiper in Point Reyes - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

From an overcast morning in July 2010, a western sandpiper rests on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. This is an exciting time of the year when the shorebirds return from their breeding grounds still wearing their bright summer colors. I was out on this beach last weekend and didn't see many birds, but hopefully I'll have a chance to get down in the sand with them soon.

Western sandpipers - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Osprey fly by, Point Reyes National Seashore

Osprey in flight in Point Reyes National Seashore - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

I had this unexpected encounter with an osprey on a hike a few weeks ago on Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore. My goal for the trip was to photograph the tule elk in velvet antlers, and as I dropped into a wildflower-covered valley I started photographing some sparrows as they hopped around on the lupine. Then at one moment I happened to look up and saw this osprey go cruising by at a low altitude. I was already working on my tripod at full height, so I was able to pan with the bird fairly successfully, and managed to snap off a few sharp frames as it shot by.

Osprey in flight

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Light beams through redwoods, Muir Woods National Monument

Light beams through redwoods in Muir Woods

Streams of warm afternoon sunlight filter through the high canopy of coast redwoods, the tallest tree species in the world. This image was taken in Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, California.

View more images of these amazing trees in my Redwood Forest Gallery.

Friday, July 1, 2011

California quail on a post, Point Reyes National Seashore

California quail in Point Reyes National Seashore - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

Another day, another quail posing on a fencepost in Point Reyes National Seashore. I've had great luck with quail this year, often finding many different individuals in nice locations on the same trip. In fact, there have been a few trips I've taken, that quail are basically the only subjects I've seen. But I won't complain about that, since they're one of my favorite birds to photograph. I drove by this one on Pierce Point Road on my way to the Tule Elk Reserve, and he had a nice setting of blooming plants in front and behind him.

Curious quail - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

View more photos of these charismatic birds in my Quail Gallery.