The Stare Down

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A group of photographers got together last week for our annual trek to Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.  It was dreary day with fog, and clouds all day. The light was flat, flat, flat. Thankfully there was a nice variety of birds on the ponds.

The first time around the auto-route there was Bald Eagle high up in it’s favorite tree. I call this tree the “Eagle Tree” because there’s been an Eagle perched in it the last 3 years I’ve been there.  I wonder if this is the Juvenile Bald Eagle I’ve seen in years past grown up with an all white head now? Aren’t they majestic!

Bald Eagle

Later in the day high in the Eucalyptus trees there was a juvenile Bald Eagle surveying the land and ponds,

Bald Eagle-JuvenileThere was a spot of color on this dreary day…

A spot of color on a dreary day…The Trio


These Snow Geese were the only ones we saw up on the bank. I think one had an injured wing and the other two were keeping it company.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/AF-S 14eII TC| Hand-held| Lexar Professional High Speed Film| CS6

More to come…

11 thoughts on “The Stare Down

  1. A million years ago I lived in Sacramento… I remember it as HOT and DRY. My friends and I roller-skated feverishly around the neighborhood, and rode our bikes to the community pool. It is really interesting to see this side of it. Who knew that deserty place of my memories could hold eagles?!! Thank you for this wonderful post.

    1. It is hot and arid there to be sure! I’ve only been aware of the Eagles making a comeback to CA. the last 4 years or so. I hope the trend continues!

      There are several great areas with pull outs, and platforms that would be great spots for you to set up with your easel. 🙂

  2. Thank you Mike! Definitely Winter is the time to go. January/Feb are great months to see Snow Geese, Ring Neck Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Snow Geese, Wigeon’s, Coots, and Bald Eagles.
    Colusa NWR is close by too.

  3. Gear shot of the Baldie. How is the Sacramento wildlife refuge this time of year. We have been thinking of making a trip to that area and were wondering which sections are the best and the best time of year to visit.

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