Ospreys signify spring to me. The males often return from their wintering ground far to our south around the first of spring. The nest we watch from our home in Anchor Bay totally blew down in the winter storms. The male arrived and began working on building a new nest. The female arrived about two weeks later. She is now sitting on the nest, so perhaps there are eggs in there.
Allen Vinson trained his camera on an Osprey in flight. They have such powerful wings.
Ospreys, also called Sea Hawks, fish in our rivers and the ocean. It is a joy to live where Ospreys choose to nest.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is his website: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
There is a beautiful waterfall at Stengel Beach, which you can reach using the public access trail on The Sea Ranch. Allen Vinson recently photographed it.
To learn more about the Stengel Beach access, here is the link to Sonoma County Regional Parks: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Stengel_Beach_Sea_Ranch_Access_Trail.aspx
Our sunny days, as seen in Allen's photo, look to be over, as cold and cloudy weather has arrived. And more rain is headed our way too.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
White-tailed Kites have been sighted recently here on the Mendonoma Coast. Sometimes affectionately called "Hover Birds," they are seen hovering in the sky while they search for a tasty rodent. Allen Vinson got this beautiful photograph.
Here's another photo of Allen's where the Kite landed on top of a tree.
These raptors have a rather musical chirp. Here's a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology if you'd like to hear it: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-tailed_Kite/sounds
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
This Bobcat was on the trail of a tasty rodent. David McFarland took a series of four photos. The Bobcat is hunting, then pouncing, then stretching out in the air - something I haven't seen before - and then the Bobcat misses.
These photos were taken at some distance, but I thought they were interesting and worth sharing.
Here are two of my favorite Bobcat photos. The first was taken by Allen Vinson and shows the intent stare of the cat with the tufted ears. The second is a rare photo of a Bobcat kitten, taken by Mark Simkins.
Thanks to David, Allen and Mark for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
It's hard not to share photos of such a beautiful sunset. Allen Vinson sent this one in, taken from a different location, this time from The Sea Ranch. It's interesting to see the clouds from a different angle.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo. To see more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/