Egrets of Alameda, Spring 2014


This is the second of a series of posts on the birds of Alameda, CA. The first post was “Mallards of Alameda”. Along the southwestern shoreline of Alameda proper are tidal flats that attract many shorebirds. Some of the photos seen here were taken on those flats. Located across the San Leandro channel from this piece of shoreline is Bay Farm Island. A friendly birder told me about an egret rookery that is located along an artificial channel that winds through a fancy subdivision on the island. The rookery is located in a large pine tree, and adjacent trees, that stand just yards from condos and churches. Those walking, jogging or biking along a paved path that passes under these trees have to be on their guard against being splattered with bird shit. Courtship activity was in full swing when I visited these sites in Alameda, with the male egrets posturing with plumes extended, fighting and chasing females.

Egret rookery

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egrets and nest

Snowy Egrets and nest

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret male chases female

Snowy Egret male chases female

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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2 Responses to Egrets of Alameda, Spring 2014

  1. Wow! Great captures. never seen so many in one place.

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