My 2018 “Birds of the Bay” Calendar is Out Now!

I put together a calendar of some of my best bird photos from around the Bay Area, and it’s available now over at MagCloud.

If you live in or around Berkeley, I have a few for sale at Your Basic Bird, so you can pick one up there as well.

This is super exciting for me. I have been wanting to make a calendar for years now, and I finally went ahead and did it. I was very happy with the way it came out, and I look forward to making this an annual tradition.

Lake Merritt and the Rotary Nature Center

Right smack in the middle of Oakland, Lake Merritt is the oldest wildlife refuge in North America, but to most of the people walking by, it is just another city park. In fact, Lake Merritt was designated as a wildlife refuge in 1870, and is home to a vast array of wildlife, including dozens of species of birds, fish, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crabs. The lake is actually a tidal lagoon, fed by the San Francisco Bay to the west, and several creeks coming down from the Oakland hills to the east.

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The Solar Eclipse was Clouded Out in the Bay Area 

Eclipse watchers in the Bay Area, myself included, were disappointed this morning to wake up to cloudy skies. We knew this was a likely possibility, but we hoped that the usual morning fog would clear away in time to see the eclipse. As late as Sunday night, people were still looking for eclipse glasses, and stores were sold out. But those glasses were not needed after all. For most of the Bay Area, the clouds stayed stubbornly in place for the entire eclipse event.

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SF Bay Trail at Eden Landing

In the latest issue of Bay Nature magazine, there was a great article about Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Eden Landing is on the San Francisco Bay Trail, and it is a section that I have been meaning to visit for a long time, but I just couldn’t get around to it. On a map, Eden Landing looks strange. I knew that it was a vast wetland area, but I really had no idea what to expect. But I am so glad that I went.

Eden Landing was formerly a settlement, founded in 1854. The location was bought a year later by Richard Barron, who changed the name to Barron’s Landing, and it seems that the name was later changed to Edendale later, but I can’t seem to find an exact date. In any case, I like the name Eden Landing.

The big industry here was salt. In the pictures below, you can see some of the ruins of the salt works that still remain.

California Poppies

I recently went on a photo walk down at Point Isabel in Richmond. Spring was in the air, and I decided that I wanted to take pictures of California Poppies. This time of year, these iconic flowers are blooming everywhere. To be honest, flowers are not my favorite subject to shoot, but sometimes I just need to try something new. This is how we learn new things.

Even though I don’t feel that these are great flower photos, it was still fun. I took these photos along Hoffman Marsh at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA.

Strangely, I felt that the standout image from this shoot was the one of a white morning glory:

SF Bay Trail At San Leandro Bay

The San Francisco Bay Trail at San Leandro Bay is a surprisingly scenic short hike in Oakland, California. San Leandro Bay itself is a small bay between Alameda Island, Bayfarm Island, and Oakland. There are several creeks draining into the bay here, including Lion Creek and San Leandro Creek. This creates a rich but delicate ecosystem. The mudflats are important feeding grounds for shore birds, and at low tide you will see lots of them way out in the distance. At high tide, the shore birds will be huddled closer to the shore, where you can see them better, but please don’t disturb them or let your dog chase them.

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