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Birds of the Palo Alto Baylands (California)

     Even more than most other parts of San Francisco Bay, the southern part has been severely reduced by filling for housing and industry. Nevertheless. the birds still come to the remaining marshes and wetlands. Palo Alto hosts a small park called Baylands, that includes a pond and an area of open marshes and tidal flats. I visited on 25 April 2005 and brought back images of a number of water birds. Initially confused by the remarkable coloring of the lores (area just in front of the eyes) of breeding egrets, I was given invaluable egret ID help by Arnel Guanlao. Thanks, Arnel!

All images were captured with a Canon 1D mark II camera and a Canon 100-400 mm L IS zoom lens, with or without a 1.4x extender. Please click on the thumbnail or title below to go to the corresponding page. Each page has multiple images.

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Snowy Egrets Great Egrets Black-Crowned Night Herons
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American Avocets Ruddy Duck Mallard  Ducks

   Many more bird images are available on this web site; please click here.

   For another visit to Palo Alto Baylands and to Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, click here.