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Modified 6-Nov-16
Created 6-Nov-16
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A curious buck stood frozen, staring at me, for six minutes while I walked closer and composed images. Then he joined the herd, browsing the chaparral and grassland.

A kite kited, still in the air, rapidly descended to grab a vole, then flew off with its catch -- to its mate or offspring? (Earlier, I had seen a sweet bonded pair fly in that direction.)

Sparrows posed in a stand of bare poison oak.

Another nice morning out of Escobar Gate. Today was the one clear day in a week of hard rain. Early fog over Windy Hill. Many chances to see chaparral, oaks, and grasslands in the morning light. Spring is coming -- new growth emerges. A few new locations, and some old favorites.

Nearby, you can find more-detailed collections of the kite, kiting and hunting. And the posing sparrows.

As always, please leave a comment if you know an ID or have something to add!! Enjoy!
Passing OnDawnMorning Fog on SkylineMorning Fog on Windy HillCanada Goose (Branta canadensis) (?) DepartingCanada Geese (Branta canadensis) (?) DepartingActive Birds, Frozen BuckBirds Erupting from Phainopela TreeBuck in SilhouetteBuck in Silhouette (Closer)Buck in Silhouette (Closer Yet)ProfileLosing InterestOne More LookPhaenopepla Tree at DawnNew GrowthValley Oak (Quercus lobata)Grassland, Oaks, and DeerGrassland, Oaks, and DeerMistletoe, Oak at Sunrise