These two photos are of Black-crowned night heron’s. The heron above is a mature, adult heron. The photo below is a black-crowned night heron in its juvenile plumage. Quite a difference, as is with birds.
I’ve always been interested in the Horned Lark, (Eremophila alpestris) since I first saw a drawing of it in an old bird field guide. I had my first encounter with one (as seen here) at Joeseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose, CA just two days ago. Surprisingly there were a good number of them hanging out by the trails, and they weren’t terribly shy.
For the past year, I haven’t seen any bobcats. Any! In the past month I have seen, and have been able to get close to six. I came across this little beauty two days ago. Unfortunately, when I got close I was able to see this poor cat has mange. Mange is not a rare occurrence within bay area wildlife and unfortunately, usually ends in death. Mange is caused by mites, which feed off their host, causing the animals hair to fall out, and eventually die. I was able to take a few snaps of this trooper, and quickly let it be on it’s way.
I haven’t taken a good shot of a bobcat since last summer. Haven’t really seen any around either, and have been dying to see one again. Luckily yesterday, I came across this beauty! She just hung out for a while and let me get some shots. Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol, CA