Bodega Head

Bodega Bay is another place we usually try to visit when we visit Santa Rosa.  On this visit Candi and Robert Dahlstet introduced us to a hike that gave us new viewpoints of Bodega Head

on a beautiful sunny day




with more wildflowers

 than I’ve ever seen there before.

It’s hard to imagine it will ever be quite this beautiful again, but I will certainly return to find out.

Marbled Godwits at Bodega Bay

I’ll have to admit that I was really tempted to try to get closer to the Godwits when I saw them near the lagoon, but Leslie and Jeff were across the street ready to start our beach walk, so I thought better of it. As it turns out, I was glad I started the walk instead because about half way down the beach we ran across a small flock of Marbled Godwits feeding on the incoming tide.

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Although they retreated as we got closer, I managed to get even closer to them on the was back up the beach.

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While they had all been resting on the shore when I first saw them across the road, they were much more active feeding on the beach, which made it easier to get close to without scaring them off.

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I was amazed by this shot

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where you could actually see whatever it is that they eat. I’ll have to admit that the shot makes me a lot more curious about exactly what it is that they are catching. I certainly never knew there was anything like this right under the sand.

In the end, of course, what really matters is the shots you get, and who doesn’t love beautiful tail feathers?

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Birding at Bodega Bay

Although we went to Doran Beach on Bodega Bay to walk the beach and get away from Santa Rosa’s high temperatures, not to bird, the first thing I noted on the wetlands opposite the beach was a beautiful Snowy Egret which had obviously become so accustomed to human visitors that it took no notice of them, even when they were holding a 400mm lens.

Beach or no beach, I couldn’t resist briefly photographing him as he stalked the wetlands.

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I was a little surprised that instead of edging away from me that he kept moving closer

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and closer.

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As often happens while birding, while observing a particular bird other birds will suddenly appear, almost as if the mere act of standing still, becoming part of the environment, reveals everything that has always been there. Suddenly a small flight of terns swooped behind the Egret, which, in turn, startled a flock of Plovers into flight.

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Several of the plovers, in turn, landed next to another flock of birds.

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Of course, it was only after I zoomed in on the image that I realized that it was a flock of Marbled Godwits, birds I’d sought out on the Washington Coast but had no luck finding. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any way to get close enough to them to get a decent shot.

Bodega Bay Head

Just because I realized long ago that I am never going to be able to capture the way I feel looking out into the ocean doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop trying to capture that feeling. Certainly our latest trip to Bodega Head was no exception, especially with brilliant sunshine.

Here’s the view looking South,

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Northwest,

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and North, up the coastline.

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Reminder to myself for the future: don’t bother trying to shoot HDR where waves are involved — way too much blur to deal with.

Luckily, when landscape photography proves too difficult, I can always fall back on wildlife photography.

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