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Old Jan 16, 2014, 9:47 PM   #1
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Default Birding at Quarry Lake Regional Park

I went to Quarry Lake Reional Park with my walk around lens, a Sigma DC 18-250mm f.3.5-6.3 Macro HSM on a Sony SLT-A58. I haven't been to Quarry Lake for a long while, this is a exploration trip to see how bad the drought's impact on the lake. The water level has dropped quite a bit, perhaps 6 or 7ft below normal. There were 10 White Pelicans with a few Pied-billed Grebes hanging around there. Both species are showing their breeding plumage.
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 9:50 PM   #2
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Default Here comes the Grebes!

Pied-billed Grebes swimming on the Lake. The Sigma lens is not exactly a good lens for birding but okay for landscape shots.
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Nice series. White Pelicans are amazing to me. We have the brown one here. When my son was very young he used to say "Hey look, a Pterodactyl!" Looks like you are having pleasant weather out there.
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Old Jan 17, 2014, 10:03 AM   #4
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Nice series. White Pelicans are amazing to me. We have the brown one here. When my son was very young he used to say "Hey look, a Pterodactyl!" Looks like you are having pleasant weather out there.
Thanks, Robert! The weather is too good here and it is way too warm for this time of the year! We are in a drought here in California. A lot of the places I go to take bird pictures are affected by the lack of rain water causing the ponds to dry up. I guess my water bill will go up soon.
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Great series, we get the white pelicans passing through here during the winter months. They are such and interesting bird.
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Great series, we get the white pelicans passing through here during the winter months. They are such and interesting bird.
Thanks! We have both White and Brown Pelicans here in the Bay Area. I have never seen them together. Most of the white ones can be found further down south in Union City and Fremont area. However, there is a small flock in Lake Merritt in Downtown Oakland area. The brown ones are very common in the Oakland and Alameda shorelines. These are big birds and they look like small white boats swimming in a small lake like Quarry Lake.
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Looks like you got some nice weather over there...
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Looks like you got some nice weather over there...
Daytime temperature is quite warm lately in the upper 60's, but the night time temperature is still somewhat chilly in the lower 40's, a difference of 20 plus degrees. I wish there will be more rain. It hasn't rain for 2 months and everything out here is running dry. The water company will definitely raise our water bill while forcing us to cut back usage on water: use less and pay more. The best job out here is to work for the water company. They have never laid off workers because they never lose money. The customers are the ones who pay the rising cost of labor and operation.
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Lucky you...
We're experiencing another 'polar' vortex over here again on the East coast
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