Returning Cranes and more on The Delta, California

Here are two groups of photos that I took of returning Sandhill Cranes and other wildbirds on the Pacific Flyway in the Sacramento River Delta Region in California. All the photos were taken along Woodbridge Road and Staten Island Road in The Delta. There were some Sandhill Cranes, a blue heron, some snow geese, an egret, and a snowy egret that I found in nearby ecological preserves. For me, it’s always a joy to see the migratory birds return in the fall and winter months.

Cranes and Geese Share the Preserve

I took these five photos of sandhill cranes along with cackling geese in two wildlife viewing areas. The first one is Staten Island Preserve and the second one is the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. Both of these viewing areas are along the Pacific Flyway in the Central Valley, California. These migratory birds seem to delight in their winter home.

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Edge of Night on The Delta

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I like to capture light as day becomes night. I took these images from Bacon Island Road. It’s a levee road on the Middle River in The Delta. I was near Bullfrog Marina and near Amtrak Railroad Track that parallels California Highway 4 through The Delta. The train crosses the Middle River over a drawbridge. There’s an old dead tree in the river where herons love to perch. I guess to watch the sun go down.

 

Migratory Birds in The Delta

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Here are six pictures that I took on a short trip to The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta Region in California. I took pictures of a Blue Heron, egrets, and swans. It was a beautiful day with the sky and wetlands crowded with  wildlife birds. I used a Nikon D600 FX camera and a Nikon 80 to 400 mm telephoto lens. I also saw a lot of bird watchers too.

 

Stockton Tertiary Treatment Facility

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Here are some pictures I took on a bird safari in the tertiary treatment facility ponds of the City of Stockton, California. There were some birds but I wasn’t able to get near them to take their pictures. But their habitat in the Stockton Wetlands is intriquing to walk through. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikon telephoto 70 to 300 mm lens. It fascinated me to see this efficient waste water treatment wetlands.

Tule Fog

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During this morning dense tule fog, I took these pictures along the San Joaquin River. I drove from home in Stockton, California, west on March Lane Drive until I reached the levee road. The fog was dense on the river. I could not see the opposite bank. When I heard a fog horn, I waited for the ship to appear. I used a Nikon D600 FX camera with two Nikkor lenses, a 20 mm lens and a 50 mm lens. I applied a sepia tone to the images in Photoshop. The fog creates a different perspective and ambiance of the river and boats.

Cargo Ship Passing by March Lane Levee

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Here are four pictures of a cargo ship passing by me on a Saturday morning while sitting on March Lane Levee Road. Large ships on the San Joaquin river always intrigue me as they pass me by. This ship had just left The Port of Stockton on it’s way out to the Pacific Ocean navigating through the The Delta, San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge. I tend to day dream of faraway ports it may travel to. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor 20 mm wide angle lens and a Nikkor 70 to 300 mm telephoto lens. For me, the ship is a fascinating sight on the river.

Almond Blossoms

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I took three pictures of the almond orchards not far from French Camp Road near Lathrop, California. The last picture I took while watching the sunset over the San Joaquin River. In the background is Mount Diablo. I was sitting on the March Lane Levee Road, Stockton, California. I used a Nikon D600 FX DSLR along with a Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 prime lens and a Nikkor 60 mm micro 2.8 lens. It fascinates me to watch bees pollinate the almond blossoms. Nice to finish a day with a colorful sunset.

Skimming on San Joaquin River

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Here are four pictures of small gulls skimming on the San Joaquin river. It fascinates me to watch them skim just above the water in the river. They are a challenge to try to capture simply because they fly so fast. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor 70-300 mm VR Zoom. A beautiful winter day in The Delta. Continue reading