We were in Bolinas, California on the 4th of July. Bolinas is a small coastal town outside of San Francisco in Marin County. It is tucked betwixt the up thrust mountains and the coast. The only way in and out are along twisty-windy mountain roads. Therefore it is semi-secluded.
Each year they have a rather informal 4th of July parade that ends with a group of Brazilian dancers. The parade started at 11:00 am and the coastal for had not cleared…just yet. As you go down through the images, note that the sky starts out gray and turns to blue.
So here’s the challenge for a bird, bug and boat photographer; work with these energetic dancers, take the lighting conditions as they present themselves, walk backwards AND DON’T MAKE THEM LOOK BAD!
That was a wonderful learning experience. Okay, I admit that I felt right at home with all these feathers. Would I do that again? Are you kidding? When’s Carnival?
These Tropicbirds were found on Kilauea Point on the north end of Kauai. The nesting season for the Red-tailed Tropicbird is from March through October. They nest under vegetation or on cliffs near the coast. Although they are graceful in the air, they are very awkward on land, unable to walk forward They feed by diving from great heights to catch fish.
Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week!
This is one of my “comfort birds”. Once the Pacific Coast Flycatcher and the Cordilleran Flycatcher were considered one species. They form two distinct populations in the west.
When I was living in the mountains just out side of Boulder, Colorado, each year I had a pair of “Western Flycatchers” nest under my deck. I would be greeted in the morning with a sharp seeet call from outside my window.
Time moves on and the species are split and I no longer live in my happy place.