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Birds of Palo Alto Baylands,

June 6, 2007

On June 6, 2007, I made one of my routine visits to the Duck Ponds at Palo Alto's Baylands Park. Lots of birds, as usual. It was a bit late to catch the egret chicks in the early stages, but there were still a few hanging around. Five images, please scroll down. All shots on this page made with a Canon 500 mm f/4 telephoto and the Canon 1D mark II camera.

Here are a couple of the scruffy-looking teenagers. Note the greenish-black legs and green feet.

And of course, lots of adults, trying to ignore the teenagers. Can't see the legs, but they are normally black with yellow feet.

Beyond the Duck Pond, there were lots of black-necked stilts and avocets, with many avocets down in the grass, apparently brooding eggs. Reddish heads on the avocets indicate breeding plumage.

There were flights of swallows, but as usual, they were too fast for me. One Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), however, was kind enough to hover in the wind almost directly in front of me, checking the water for fish:


After taking a lot of shots of this tern, I packed up and started out of the park. Passing one of the parking lots, I noticed this Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), checking the grass for insects. He wasn't the least bit shy and allowed me to get quite close.