Chris Beach got this wonderful photo of the juvenile Tundra Swan as it flapped its wings in the Gualala River.
The swan hasn't been seen for a few days, so perhaps he/she has moved on. Mel Smith told me he saw the swan flying northward late last week.
We've had visits from mature Bald Eagles recently. I'll be posting about them soon.
Thanks to Chris for allowing me to share his photo with you here.
The first fawns have been born and they are so very cute. I will share a photo of some soon. Today I want to show you Bucks with their growing antlers covered in velvet. Jon Loveless photographed two Bucks preening each other.
It's a peace on earth moment. Later when these two Bucks might be competing for Does, they won't be so friendly.
Michael Beattie also photographed Bucks near Point Arena on a spectacular day. The lupine bush in the middle is just about to bloom.
Thanks to Jon and Michael for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
This morning, after a nice rainstorm, a few remaining storm clouds were seen. A short rainbow appeared for a few minutes. I watched it but Susan Routledge-Jackson photographed it, with Fish Rocks seemingly the rainbow's end. A lovely photo for you today.
Thanks to Susan for allowing me to share her photo with you here. To see Susan's beautiful artwork, here is her website: www.seroutledge.com
I'll let Anne Mary Schaefer tell the story. She wrote,
“I was just feeding my wee beasties Friday evening when I heard her high hunting keening cry, and saw that the sun was about to set. I grabbed my camera and ran outside, scanning the western sky over Manchester State Beach campground. Nada.
“I was just about to go inside when she came swooping right over my head, turned on her wing, and the last sunlight hit her breast. She disappeared into a tree top, where a whole flock of little birds were quite indignant at being suddenly ousted.”
Isn't this a glorious photo? I thank Anne Mary for allowing me to share it with you here.
To hear the calls of a Red-tailed Hawk, here is the link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/sounds
Craig Tooley captured this photo of the striking bluffs at The Sea Ranch. It almost looks like a painting!
We had a good, soaking rainstorm earlier this week. 2.6 inches at our house. Now warm weather has swept in. With no clouds on the horizon last night, Rick and I saw a green flash at sunset. It looks like tonight will be another chance to see one.
We are waiting to see if there will be a Boletus edulis bloom. We are wishing and hoping for one.
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his beautiful photo with you here. To see much more of Craig's photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com