Archive for the ‘Bird Images’ Category

Birds by West Cliff, Santa Cruz, CA



Pelagic Cormorants, nesting;
California Brown Pelican in flight;
California Gull on a rock

…  and sea lions on an island
and a seal in the water!


In honor of black birders everywhere

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Birds on New Zealand Notes

My sister recently returned from New Zealand, and when she did, she brought back a little bit of coin and cash … which have images of birds on them! Delightful. ❤

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Birds on New Zealand Notes #1

Birds on New Zealand Notes 2

50 Birds Species and the Sounds They Make

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… and that’s just the beginning.
Check out the link:

50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make


Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet

Today I saw Yellow-Chevroned Parakeets in the Floss Silk / Chorisia Speciosa Tree on my walk into the Huntington Library. Love them! ❤

Christopher Cokinos, _Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds_ (2000)

On Sunday morning, I walked through the Claremont Farmers’ Market, where, at a book stall manned by volunteers, I found Christopher Cokinos’ book, Hope is a Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds (2000).

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The book is part natural history, part travel narrative, and part elegy for recently extinct avian species, including the Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, and Great Auk.

The title comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson:

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I find the book inspiring in the attention that it brings to the loss of birds from their native habitats due to human exploitation and in the strange but wondrous idea that we might be able to revive currently extinct avian species someday using the science of de-extinction (also called resurrection biology) and cloning.

Birds in his beard…

Birds of Safari West

Today I visited Safari West in Santa Rosa, where I had the pleasure of seeing more than 30 different species of bird from Africa and around the world, including:

  • African Lesser Flamingo, African Spoonbill, American Flamingo, Black Swan, Blue-Crowned Pigeon, Cape Thick-Knee, Cattle Egret, Demoiselle Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Fischer’s Lovebird, Greater African Flamingo, Green Turaco, Hamerkop, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Laughing Kookaburra, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Purple Swamphen, Ostrich, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Junglefowl (rooster!), Sacred Ibis, Scarlet Ibis, Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill, Spur-winged Lapwing, Taveta Golden Weaver, Trumpeter Hornbill, Waldrapp Ibis, White-Bellied Stork (also called Abdim’s Stork), White-Faced Whistling Duck, White Stork, & Wood Duck





Scarlet Ibis

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Hammerkop & Sacred Ibis

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Waldrapp Ibis & White-Bellied Crane


Damoiselle Crane


Jane Beal,



Barn Swallows & Northern Rough Winged Swallows at the L.A. Waterfront

Yesterday afternoon, I was walking along the L.A. Waterfront from the Maritime Museum parking lot to the Cirque du Soleil big-top, blue-and-yellow tent to see “Amaluna.” As I was walking by the water, through a line of trees on either side of the sidewalk, the barn swallows were swooping all around me like angels! They made me laugh with delight. I love their brilliant blue-and-orange colors … On the way back, after the show, the same thing happened again — only this time, the birds were northern rough winged swallows! They were very glad-hearted in flight, swooping together and apart in elongated oval and figure eight dances in mid-air, at top speed. Seeing them filled my heart with joy!

barn swallows swooping!

northern rough wing’ swallows dancing –

angels in mid-air


Omi and her new Flutter Friend!

Omi with her Hummingbird!

Omi with her new  hummingbird Flutter Friends!
Happy 93rd birthday