Bay Area Shore Birds, 11-16


While Kathy and I were in the Bay Area, visiting our families over the Thanksgiving holiday, my son Ethan and wife Flo presented me with an early X-mas present: a Nikon Coolpix P900 Superzoom camera!

Up till now, I have been using the predecessor of the P900 – the P600, which comes with a 60X optical zoom.  This is a very handy camera, which I have used to great advantage photographing birds. The P900, however, comes with a 83X optical zoom, and other improvements. It’s an outstanding upgrade, and I couldn’t wait to get out and take some photos with it.

The Berkeley Marina is always a good place to spot water birds, and, on this occasion, I saw a green heron and numerous black-crowned night herons, amongst others.

Green heron

Green heron

Green heron

Green heron

Black-crowned night heron

Black-crowned night heron

Black-crowned night heron female

Black-crowned night heron female

Directly to the west of the Marina is the Golden gate Bridge

Directly west of the Marina, and across San Francisco Bay, is the Golden Gate Bridge

A sailboat maneuvers in the Marina, with the UC-Berkeley campus and the Campanile seen in the distance.

A sailboat maneuvers in the Marina, with the UC-Berkeley campus, including the Campanile, seen in the distance.

Another favorite spot is the Alameda shoreline.

Snowy egret

Snowy egret

Snowy egret

Snowy egret

Avocet

Avocet

I am very pleased with my new camera! What do you think?

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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