I was walking along the Permanente Creek Trail in Mountain View, CA at noon when I spotted an enormous bird on Vista Slope at Shoreline Park. Every time I’ve seen one of these large birds on the ground, they were having a meal, and this one didn’t disappoint.
I missed the hunt, but saw the Golden Eagle dining on its lunch catch. I’ve seen a lot of squirrels and an occasional hare running along Vista Slope, so maybe one of them ended up as the prey. Although the animal was obscured by the tall grass, I could see the Golden Eagle tearing off strips of meat and consuming them over a course of 15-20 minutes.
Yet another sunset view of Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, CA. At 1/160s, you can see the ripples across the surface of the lake. If I used an ND filter, I could have used a longer shutter, but the ducks would have ended up blurry or ghosted.
During a walk past Shoreline Lake, I spotted this Great Blue Heron. Most of the time, I see egrets, so this heron really stood out. However, it was dusk and I only had the Really Right Stuff Pocket ‘Pod with me. I wasn’t sure if the thin railing was stable enough. Additionally, while the bird appeared to be still, at 2.5 seconds, any movement would result in motion blur.
I think of crabs as being well-protected animals. Between their hard shells and sharp pinchers, I would never have imagined their low position in the food chain until I witnessed this atrocity. This poor crab was not victim to an otter or a stork, but the lowly seagull.
I’ve seen Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets around Shoreline Lake, but have never captured a good shot of them feeding. This time, I tracked this Great Egret as it was walking around the lake searching for food. This one caught a good-sized fish. One that was large enough to force it to pause for a few seconds. Slowed down the egret just enough for me to get my photo.