Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wear a Designer Face Mask


Wear a Face Mask and save lives. This has become the new normal. Face mask minimizes the risk of infecting others while you are in a crowd and unable to maintain the required distance from others. Imagine a place where everyone is wearing face mask, nobody is infecting anybody, so everyone is safe. Be a sensible citizen and wear a mask over your face.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How to Photograph the Elusive Milky way

You have seen many spectacular photos of night sky and milky way. Have you ever wonder how those photographs were shot? No, those are not  digital art made in image editing software. Those were shot in camera where some special techniques are involved. I'm going to give you all the tips you need to produce such image. But you would need to practice a lot before you can master them. I will first list the gadgets you would need, followed by the soft skills you need to master.

The Gadgets:
  • A Sturdy Tripod
  • A Camera with capabilities to shoot for 15-30 secs exposure at  ISO  1500-4000.
  • An Wide Angle Lens ( focal length 24 mm or lower) with wider aperture (f/2.8 or lower) 
  • Remote shutter release or cable release - recommended but not mandatory
  • A flash light - maybe a powerful one
The Time Table:

If you live in rural area where the light pollution is minimum, you may have noticed the milky way is not visible throughout the year. You can only see it at certain time in the sky. Besides the moon also interfere  a lot with milky way visibility.  So you need the visibility time table handy to photograph the milky way. If you can't see it in the sky, your camera can't see it either.

Here is the approximate time table for your reference:

 MonthBest Time Moon's Phase
 JanuaryNot visible N/A
 FebruaryNot Visible N/A
 MarchVisible just before sunrise but not good for photography N/A    
 AprilAbout 4 am to Sunrise New moon to 1 QTR
 MayFrom 3 am to 6 am New moon to 1 QTR
 JuneFrom 10 pm to 3 am New moon
 JulyRight after Dark to midnight 3 qtr to new moon
 AugustRight after Dark to 11 pm  3 qtr to new moon
 SeptemberRight after Dark to 10 pm  3 qtr to new moon
 October Visible just for a while after sunset for not good for photography 3 qtr to new moon
 November Not Visible N/A
 December Not visible N/A

Dark Site:
The cities and it's neighborhoods are too bright to see milky way, let alone photographing it. You would need to drive off to a less light polluted areas where you can see the night sky clearly. An examples of such place would be mountain tops, remote beaches, or national parks etc. Here is a link to Dark Site Finder that you can use to locate nearest dark area to you.

The Foreground:
A milky way shot need to be nicely composed with some interesting object in the foreground of the frame. Just the sky with full of stars would not be as interesting as one with some different object in the foreground of the frame. Be it something like a stone, a road, a tree, a house or some people. Use your creative mind to decide on your foreground object. As you practice with different types of foreground, you would find the right balance soon.

The STAR Trail:
One of the main problem in night sky photography, especially for milky way is the star trail. If you keep your shutter opened for too long you would get star trail in your photo. This is because the Earth is rotating and it's relative position with respect to those stars changes in time. 
One way to get ride of the star trail is to use a computerized tripod that can be programmed to compensate Earth's rotation, thus keeping the stars in the same sport in your image sensor. However, such tripods are expensive and mostly used in astrophotography. It would be an overkill to go for such tripod just to shoot milky way. You just need a regular tripod that can hold your camera lens combination steady.
To avoid star trail, your need to choose the right shutter speed based to the focal length of your lens. There are complex rules that includes aperture too but I would keep it simple.  This is known as 500 rules where you divide 500 by the effective focal length of your lens. The number you would get would be the maximum shutter speed you could use. 
Please note, I said "Effective Focal Length"  and you need to pay attention here. The focal length you see in your lens is for the full frame cameras. The effective focal length for crop sensor cameras is 1.5 times of actual focal length. Here are 2 examples of maximum shutter speed calculation. However, below 15 secs is not recommended as the stars would not be bright enough in the frame.
  • Nikon D850 Full Frame Camera
    • Lens 20mm f/1.8
    • Maximum Shutter Speed: (500/20 ) = 25 secs
  • Nikon D500 Crop Sensor Camera
    • Lens 20mm f/1.8
    • Maximum Shutter Speed: (500/(20*1.5)) = 17 secs
ISO Number:
Every camera is unique in handling high ISO noise. This is something you need to experiment with your camera before you get to the right number. I would start with ISO 1600 and increase it if the stars are not bright enough. Increase the ISO or shutter speed or both till you get a right balance between star trail and noise.

The Shoot:
Ready to start shooting! You are almost there. Here are the list of things to check before you press the shutter release button.
  • While it is still daylight, focus your lens to infinity or to a far away object and then turn the focus selector button in manual focus mode. Turn the camera focusing and exposure also into manual mode. Most modern lens focus ring rotates beyond infinity. So you can't just rotate the focus ring all the way and assume your focus is right. You would end up getting blurred images. Also please check before you shoot that your manual focus position is not disturbed since you fixed it last time.
  • Choose your foreground object and mount your camera on the tripod. Keep the frame in balance between foreground and the night sky. Usually a rule of 3rd may be handy. However, photography is an art, no rules are written in stone.
  • Choose the shutter speed and then use the remote or cable release to open the shutter or just press the shutter release button.
  • Your foreground may not have enough light. So use the flash light to light paint your foreground. This is where a lot of practice could make it perfect.
  • At the end of each shot, check the image in your camera LCD. If you are not satisfied, adjust the exposure and try again.
  • Good Luck 
Here are few example shots I took. 

Milky Way Over Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California  
Milky Way Over Bixby Bridge, CA-1, California
This shot was taken in Nikon D850, Nikon AFS 14-24 mm f/2.8 at 14mm f/2.8 and ISO 3200, exposure duration 25 secs. The foreground was illuminated by the headlights of few passing vehicles. I had several images that were washed out duo to the bright headlights of the approaching cars. This is the only one where no cars was approaching from the other side.

Milky Way - Davenport Beach, California
Milky Way - Davenport Beach, California
This shot was taken in Nikon D850, Nikon AFS 24-70mm f/2.8 at 24 mm f/2.8 and ISO 3200, exposure duration 20 secs.This was shot in Davenport Beach, California. Here I did the light painting on both the stones.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Metal Prints

Amazing Actionshots Present 'Metal Prints' to decorate your living room wall. 


There are terrific landscapes from our national parks or around the world to choose from. I also have amazing wildlife shots in the portfolio. Select your favorite image and order a metal print, the larger the size, more beautiful the wall would look like. Check the whole portfolio Here
The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone



Saturday, June 13, 2020

Mourning Dove Mating

I've been watching birds in my backyard during the entire covid-19 lock down. Probably that's one of the best thing I could do when venturing out for pleasure is forbidden. We got two feeders in the backyard, one for the hummingbirds and the other for the regular backyard birds.
The regular visitors in the feeder are 'Dark Eyed Junco', 'House Finch', 'Oak Titmouse', 'Chestnut-backed chickadee', and few other backyard birds. My wife has been busy with the camera most of the time. She sets the camera early morning on the tripod and rush to take few shots whenever she hears the bird chirping in the backyard.
On Friday evening, June 12, I was wrapping up my remote work for the week when I heard these Dove pair cooing in the backyard. I went behind the camera to check. They were still enjoying the seeds from the feeder. The male finished first and went to the fence. The female followed and landed next to the male. She slowly went closer to the male and gave him a soft poke. I was already taking shots of their every move. The next few minutes, I was entertained with their amazing display of love making. Here are the photographs of the whole series for my readers to visualize. Prints and digital downloads of these photos are available through 'Fine Art America'.
 
They are thinking
 

She gave a tender poke

 

He responded passionately

The Beak is now locked

 

The time is now



And they got into the final act



I've taken more than 100 shots starting from their foreplay till the end of their mating. I've put about 30 of them on Fine Art America. You can view the remaining shots in the collection, all compiled together and arranged from foreplay to end in the order. Please visit the collection here: Mourning Dove Mating

Monday, March 30, 2020

Amazing Action Catalog

All prints are offered in colaboration with Fine Art America (FAA). When you place an order, FAA will do the fulfilment including Printing and Shipping. If you are not satisfied with your print quality, you can return directly to FAA as per their return policy. They will process a full refund. For promotion, I kept my markup very nominal. Digital download is also available for your digital advertisement from Download Digital Copy

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Whale Watching at Moss Landing

This was my 3rd whale watching trip, just wanted to see the magnificent animal leaping out of the water and slamming back on the ocean surface. Watching a whale breaching is really amazing and photographing that moment would be every wildlife photographer's dream. It does require a lot of luck and I was third time unlucky. Yet, this was the best whale watch trip, far better than my other two.

This is just outside the harbor, not far from the shore, you can see people on Kayak  in the frame

A pair diving Together

A tail with white back

Waterfall from the tail

Barnacles on the tail

More Barnacles

Another pair, almost going down together

This one is completely black

Waterfall from Whale Tail

The White Patches

Anchovies all over the whale's back. These are the one escaped from the whale's mouth but some of them ended up as Sea Gull's Lunch.

Rainbow

Awesome Barnacles

Beautiful WaterFall

WaterFall  from the Tail

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Amazing Prints on Sale


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Monday, May 6, 2019

How I Got These Amazing Action Shots


Presenting some of my best action shots with the story about How I Got These Shot . I would appreciate your comment.

Common Name

Yellowstone Elk

Scientific Name

Cervus Canadensis

Shooting Location

On the West Thumb Geyser Basin Boardwalk, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

The Action Elk in the AIR
Caption Elk In the AIR.
The Story I spent the whole morning at Hayden Valley, hoping to find some animals in action. There, I got some furry Bison bulls and cows, not doing enough action. Disappointed, I drove south and make a stop at West Thumb, just to see the Geysers, especially the ones inside the lake, letting out steam occasionally. As I took the boardwalk, I noticed at distance two cow elks munching on grass near a water source. There were already a large group of tourist approaching that section of the boardwalk. I expected those Elks would run and setup my camera on tripod immediately. One of the Elk was still munching on grass, while the other one slowly walked towards the crowd. Almost everyone in the crowd was already photographing the Elk, mainly with their phone camera. Soon the Elk was spooked and jumped across the boardwalk. Off went my shutter, tac tac tac tac .... I was far but the distance gave me the room I needed to get it in the full frame, thanks to my Nikon D500 and 200-500mm wildlife lens. My Yellowstone visit produced at least one satisfactory shot, this one :)

Common Name

Great Blue Heron

Scientific Name

Ardea Herodias

Shooting Location

Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, USA.

The Action Blue Heron Fishing
Caption Blue Heron Fishing.
The Story How do you photograph a bird catching fish? I wrote a whole blog with technical details, link available in the main page. Here is the short story. I went to the lake and found this giant bird standing at knee-deep water where fresh water was entering the lake rapidly. Obviously, a nice place to catch fish. I setup my camera and lens low on the ground to get to the water level as much as possible. Then it was all waiting game. At time the bill would go down rapidly, only to come out empty. The bird kept missing, or there were no fish but illusions. I decided to stick with the bird as long as there were lights. The bill kept striking under water at regular interval and I kept shooting. Eventually, just 10 minutes before sunset, he finally got his catch. I did not miss any bit of it. There were probably 15 shots from this incidence, but this one is the best.

Common Name

Coyote

Scientific Name

Canis Latrans

Shooting Location

Tomale Trail, Point Reyes National Park, CA, USA.

The Action Pouncing Coyote
Caption Pouncing Coyote
The Story It was a long hike at Tomale Trail where I went to see the Tule Elk, and the wonderful Pacific Coast view. While hiking down, I saw the coyote strolling a bit far above a hill. I continued for my original adventure and returned after 3 hours of arduous hike. I noticed few people crowding around the trail observing something curiously. I immediately knew something interesting was going to happen. I setup my tripod and began mounting by camera, while keeping an eye on the coyote who just spotted something inside a hole. While I kept working on the tripod, I kept one finger on the shutter release button, to make sure I would not miss anything if it pounces too early. Before I could complete my thought, the Coyote was in the air. Off went my shutter release button. I got several pictures in the air, but this one is my favorite.

Nature's Fury

Sunlit Mountain Top

Shooting Location

Highway 140, El Portal, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA.

The Action Clearing Storm at Golden Hours
Caption Clearing Storm at Golden Hours
The Story It was the third week of February, I was driving to Yosemite to shoot Horsetail Fall, the one that lit-up during sunset. The weather was really bad. As I crossed El Portal on Highway 140, I saw the road ahead was completely white. I did not have snow chain in my car, so I had to turn back. I pulled over near the curb, for a comfortable turnaround. When I looked over my right, across the Merced river, this beautiful scene appeared before my eyes. I immediately setup my tripod and took few shots before it disappeared. About 200' ahead, in another turnaround there were already few photographers shooting this. So this is not completely unknown phenomenon, but little known as everyone rushes towards the famous Horsetail Fall during this time. I did go to the Horsetail Fall on the next day, after getting snow chain from a road side van guy who charged 4 times above the store price, but it was anyway worth it. I put this photo ahead of my horsetail photo shot simply because it is more beautiful. This is really a nature's action.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Shorebirds


These birds live near the shore. You may call them shorebird, waterbird, aquatic bird, or wader. I photographed them in the wilderness, most of them around San Francisco Bay Area, and few others around the world. Identifying these birds were tougher than photographing them. The naming and other details are documented on my best effort basis. If you find any of them were not named correctly, please leave a comment with your suggestion.
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Common Name
American Avocet
Scientific Name
Recurvirostra Americana
Unique Identification
Medium Size Aquatic Bird, mostly white body with black patches on wings, breeding adult has a rusty head and neck
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Hwaian Stilt
Scientific Name
Himantopus Mexicanus Knudseni
Unique Identification
Medium size with white bottom, black top; long-legged, long & thin beak, slender shorebird.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Common Tern
Scientific Name
Sterna Hirundo
Unique Identification
Medium size migratory bird during winter in coastal region, it is pale gray overall with a black cap. Breeding birds have a fully black cap that extends to the back of the neck and a gray belly.
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ActionShot Location
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Common Name
Great White Pelican
Scientific Name
Pelecanus Onocrotalus
Unique Identification
Large white waterbird with massive wing that has some black feathers, a long neck, and a massive bill that gives the head a unique, long shape.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Brown Pelican
Scientific Name
Pelecanus Occidentalis
Unique Identification
A Huge Brown seabird.It has thin necks and very long bills with a stretchy throat pouch used for capturing fish. Groups of Brown Pelicans fly low over the waves and rest on large rocks near the shore. Breeding Bird's bill and pouch turns little red.
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ActionShot Location
Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Common Name
Double-crested cormorant
Scientific Name
Phalacrocorax auritus
Unique Identification
Large black aquatic diving bird, with a small patch of yellow-orange skin on the face.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Common Name
Canada Goose
Scientific Name
Branta canadensis
Unique Identification
A large bird in goose family with a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Common goldeneye
Scientific Name
Bucephala clangula
Unique Identification
Medium-sized sea duck with radiant amber eye, glistening green-black head, and crisp black-and-white body and wings
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Canvasback Duck
Scientific Name
Aythya valisineria
Unique Identification
A large, big-headed diving duck with a gently sloping forehead and a stout neck. The male has white back and brown neck, with a patch of black in between. The female body is slightly grey.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Mallard
Scientific Name
Anas platyrhynchos
Unique Identification
Medium to Large Duck that are most common among duck species around the world. The male has glittering greenish head.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
American Coot
Scientific Name
Fulica Americana
Unique Identification
Large Aquatic Bird, Black Body, White Bill, and red eyes. Slight grey patch on forehead.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Red fronted Coot
Scientific Name
Fulica Rufifrons
Unique Identification
Large Black aquatic bird. The tip of the bill is yellow but rest of it is red, especially the forehead has red patch.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Common Name
American Pekin
Scientific Name
Anas Platyrhynchos Domesticus
Unique Identification
Medium to Large Aquatic Bird, completely white body and a flat yellow bill. They look like mallard duck, only white.
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ActionShot Location
Los Gatos Creek Trail, CA, USA
Los Gatos Creek Trail, CA, USA
Los Gatos Creek Trail, CA, USA
Common Name
Surf scoter
Scientific Name
Melanitta perspicillata
Unique Identification
Large sea duck. Adult males are entirely black with white patches on the forehead and the nape and adult females are slightly smaller and browner.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Common Name
Green Winged Teal
Scientific Name
Anas Carolinensis
Unique Identification
Relatively smaller duck than mallard, they have green feathers on wing and at top of the head.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Common loon
Scientific Name
Gavia immer
Unique Identification
Medium to large Aquatic Bird, mostly with black and white pattern on the body. They change colors in winter with grey on the back and white belly.
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ActionShot Location
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA> Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
Common Name
Pied Billed Grebe
Scientific Name
Podilymbus Podiceps
Unique Identification
A small bird in the grebe family, pied billed grebe are dark brown on top, and tawny-brown on the underparts. They are diving bird, very common across North America.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Snowy Egret
Scientific Name
Egretta Thula
Unique Identification
Medium Size shorebird, Snowy Egret is small white heron. As the name suggest, they are all white with a black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. They have a patch of yellow skin at the base of the bill.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Great egret
Scientific Name
Ardea alba
Unique Identification
Great Egrets are tall, long-legged wading birds with long, S-curved necks and long, dagger-like bills. The way to distinguish them from snowy egret is their larger size and yellow bill whereas snowy has black bill.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Great blue heron
Scientific Name
Ardea herodias
Unique Identification
Probably the largest bird in heron family, they often stand at knee deep water body, waiting for prey.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Purple Heron
Scientific Name
Ardea purpurea
Unique Identification
They are slightly smaller than the great blue heron and the color is slightly purple type.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Long Billed Curlew
Scientific Name
Numenius americanus
Unique Identification
Large shorebird with very long legs. Their bill is long but curved. This North American bird is often seen at shore catching small crabs.
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ActionShot Location
Pismo Beach, CA, USA
Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA
Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA
Common Name
Stilt Sandpipers
Scientific Name
Calidris Himantopus
Unique Identification
Small to Medium Size Aquatic Bird. The back is brown with dark patches white the lower body is grey brown. The bill is long and black.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Least Sandpiper
Scientific Name
Calidris Minutilla
Unique Identification
They are smallest shorebird. They have brown upper parts and white under parts. Their bills are black, and their legs are yellowish-green.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Moss Landing beach, Monterrey, CA, USA
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Common Name
Common Gull
Scientific Name
Larus Canus
Unique Identification
Medium Size Sea Bird, mostly white body with grey patches on wings, yellow bill with dark patch. They feed on mainly fish, often snatch food from other animals and human.
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ActionShot Location
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Bay Trail, Mountain View, CA, USA
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, USA
AmazingActionShots
ActionShot Location
Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA Natural Bridge, Santa Cruz, CA, USA