Black-Chinned (Juv. Female)
This and the Anna's are very similar in appearence. So, ID of them takes a little experience and practice. The lack of diffiniteve markings in the chin and throat; lack of markings in the flanks; the shortened 1-3 rectrices help to ID this as a Black-Chinned
Rufous Hummingbird 2
Same bird, different pose and setting...
Lots of hummingbirds at the feeders. The Rufous tends to be more agressive about defending a paticular feeder. This species of hummingbird has the longest migratory rout. According research, this species has a good memory, able to go back to where a feeder was placed the previous year. A group of Rufous can be called a bouquet, glittering, hover, shimmer and tune of hummingbirds.
Hermit Warbler (Male)
Taken on a day trip up to Greenhorn sumit. This is a summer migrant. This is the first time I've been able to get an image of this species. Though I'm pleased to have the image, I'm not satisfied with the quality.
Was heading out to Kernville for my routine of breakfast and the Bakersfield Californian when I spotted this leaf in the bird bath. Dropped everything and grabbed my rig and imaged this. Photography is as much about observing ones surroundings as it is about just taking pictures.
California Quail ( Male )
Taken the winter of 2016.
Spotted Towhee (Male)
Nice adult male. Shy bird, but, during winter months the need to find food forces them take a few chances.
You can always tell when a hawk is relaxed, and not wary. If you look closely you will notice the bird's left leg is tucked up in a shadow area in the center of the chest/belly area. A little yellow coloring is visible in the shadow. Raptors do this when they don't feel threatened, and after they have just finished a meal. In this case this bird has done just that. If you look at the bird's perch leg you'll see some blood on the toe just inside of the longest toe.
Nuttall's Woodpecker (Male Juvenile)
The only difference from the juvenile male to that of the adult male is the position of the red in the head. In this image the red is positioned near the forehead. In the adult male the red is positioned near the back of the head, in what would be called the occipital region. This bird is one of two juveniles from the same nest, hatched this spring.
CALIFORNIA QUAIL ( MALE )
No matter how many times I've imaged this bird I still an struck by their beauty. Is it any wonder that it is the California state bird.