Just having fun with snowy afternoon pics from my last trip to Canada, and adding in a couple of Cardinals for color. I thought it made a "Christmassy" image.
Snowy Egret Breeding Display ~ This egret was hanging out near a tree with many egret nests in it. He was making strange gutteral sounds and going through a variety of display behaviors and positions. His very red ceres indicates he is in high breeding readiness, as do his wonderful plumes, that he used in his displays.
Redlands' orange groves in winter, showing smudge pots that once were used to warm the air in the groves during winter, trying to save the citrus crops. Modern air pollution regulations make them mostly relics of the past.
Toast to the Snowy Owl ~ 2010 was the year I saw my first Snowy Owl in the wild. Who knew there was a wine label of a Snowy? It seemed worth a toast and a photo, to commemorate this epic bird!
Gotcha! ~ This Snowy Egret was wading calmly in the shallow waters at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, looking for a yummy breakfast treat. And then....gotcha! Whatever he was going for, he was really quick, and I was glad to catch him in action.
Snowy Peaks and Orange Groves ~
Snowy Egret ~ This egret was shot at Imperial Beach near San Diego, California.
Snowy Redlands ~
Palm Rows ~ Redlands has long been known for its many rows of palm trees that line the roads edging the many orange groves. I do not know the actual origin of the planted rows of palms, but they have been loved by Redlanders for decades. More recent development of the area has resulted in most of the orange groves disappearing, and warehouses built in among the palm rows. This has essentially ended the decades-old view.
Snowy Egrets Nesting ~ This pair of egrets had prepared their nest, and were taking turns sitting on it. They were preening themselves and each other, and were quite attentive to each other.