Sunday, November 05, 2006

Spread Your Wings!

One of the first Lisa-and-Robb outings we did when Robb was first home from the hospital was a trip to Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland Airport. I parked the car, and I think Robb walked about two hundred feet, to a picnic table. We enjoyed the sun, and felt pretty good about everything.

Today, we returned to Arrowhead Marsh, and covered a lot more ground. Robb had already walked down to the lake earlier in the day, so he decided to take the wheelchair.

The migratory waterfowl are returning. This is a Northern Pintail.

These are Black Necked Stilts. They have, proportionally, the longest legs of any bird on the planet. These guys kept getting into scuffles. This isn't a shot of birds landing, but I'm not sure what this feisty behavior was about.

Here's a Mockingbird. What a spunky bird!

Some unidentified sparrow or finch.

And, best of all, here's Robb. We left the wheelchair behind so as not to make a lot of noise and disturb the photographer at the end of the boardwalk. It turns out that she was photographing invasive spartina grass, and not the elusive California Clapper Rail. So we could have been noisy, after all!

5 comments:

Tina Treason said...

Beautiful birds, beautiful photos.

Anonymous said...

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Gina said...

These are stunning shots, Lisa. What's the first bird in that bright Persian blue sky? (Or maybe it's more a Maxfield Parrish sky. . . )

You should know I just sent a bunch of students to your sight to check out the photos - they were in awe. Really in awe. Of both of you.

You're changing lives from the left coast, kids!

xoxo

Gina

AND EVERYBODY VOTE!!!!!!!

Lisa and Robb said...

The first bird is a belted kingfisher. He was hovering above the water, and when he dove, he emerged from the water with a fish in his beak.

You will see these birds hanging out on telephone wires near bodies of water. They have delightfully spiky hairdos.

jackbear said...

WOW...love your shots as always...birds in flight...not easy to photograph...you did a great job...love those birds!

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