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.
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