Slow start to the year 03-05-17

While Northern California has made a miraculous recovery from its four-year drought, the rainfall has made it difficult to make wildlife pictures.  2016 was not only a transformative year for my photography, it was also a phenomenal time for capturing the local birds.  Unfortunately, many of them have moved on to greener pastures.  Gone are the days when I could plant myself on the dock at Lake Chabot and wait for the pelicans, egrets and heron.  It was literally like shooting fish in a barrel and I was blessed that the animals made my job so easy.

 

But then that's what makes the pictures better and more satisfying to capture.  If making good pictures were really that easy, anyone could do it, making them ordinary.  The fact that not everyone can capture these images that makes them extraordinary.  So while the weather has been a little uncooperative, I've still managed to sneak out between showers and make a few nice images.

 

The flockThe flockThe image of a flock of American white pelicans is reflected in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

GadwallGadwallA gadwall swims in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

The looking glassThe looking glassThe image of an American white pelican is reflected in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

The spreadThe spreadA great egret takes flight at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, January 28, 2017.

JumpJumpA snowy egret takes flight at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 4, 2017.

Morning MistMorning MistA fisherman steers a boat through a mist at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Sunday morning, February 12, 2017.

A windy dayA windy dayA snowy egret hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, Saturday evening, February 18, 2017.

Morning huntMorning huntA snowy egret hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, Sunday morning, February 19, 2017.

Jump!Jump!A snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

Running partnersRunning partnersThe image of a black-necked stilt is reflected in the ocean as it hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

JoggingJoggingA lesser yellowlegs hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

Sea landingSea landingA snowy egret lands in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, February 26, 2017.

Stand and deliverStand and deliverA snowy egret stands on a rock at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, February 26, 2017.

Road tripRoad tripA great egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2017.

WingmenWingmenCanadian geese fly over the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2017.


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