Breeding Pair of Mallards pond-side at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, California.
Soon after sunrise this family of Canadian Geese was busy with swimming lessons for the three youngsters in the middle. Mom and pop stayed front and back of the line.
Handsome Aleutian Goose powering its way across the marshlands of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge with great ease.
This photo series is an account of the feeding process of a Loon that has removed the legs and claws of a dungeness crab prior to taking it to the water surface for eating (swallowing).
Close inspection of the Loon lets us appreciate the fine details of neck striping, back and white spots and subtle luminescence coloring on its wings and back. Stunning details to be sure.
Two beautiful Aleutian Geese are courting along the harbor’s edge. They found a nice view from atop a broken down section of a metal topped rail cart shedding hut. Rail carts were used to roll out lumber to schooners tied up to the old W. Del Norte Street Pier used in a bygone age, when “Redwood was King” of the Northwest woods, Eureka, CA
Courting at the waters edge.
Natures nesting instinct. Interesting location don’t you think?
Comfortable on a patch of grass 30 yards from the edge of Humboldt Bay, this Aleutian Goose shows us amazing details of its patterning including the black fine silky-like neck feathers and brilliantly reflective eye.
Raft of Brant take to flight at Humboldt Bay. These are a small sized breed of Goose. South Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a seasonal home to flocks of Brant.
Gadwall hen paddles along a narrow marsh waterway as a torrent of rainfall pelts down.
Beauty of this image is multiplied as water drops are caught streaking through mid air, beads are forming on the back of our hen, and marsh foliage reflections glisten across the water.