Mallard Slough Trail Alviso (San Jose)
White Pelicans can be some of the largest North American birds with a 9 foot wingspan and weighing between 9.2 to 30 pounds. They are identified by having large heads and yellow huge bills. For feeding the pelicans dip their bills to swallow fish. Historically White Pelicans were threatened with extinction due to DDT pesticides during the 1950s and 1960s but returned back to health due to stricter environmental protection laws. White Pelicans generally live in the lakes, marshes, and salt ponds most of the time. The birds are similar to Brown Pelicans except they are larger and don’t dive from the air for fish.
Photograph taken at the Alviso Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge
A Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) of one the most colorful of shorebirds with pink legs, long thin black bill, and black and white plumage. They live in salt marshes, flooded fields, or salt pans. Their diet consists of insects and crustaceans. You can regularly see them at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Winter rains and marsh wetlands
Makes the last reminder of spring
The 70 meter Yudaki Falls is a majestic sight. It is located on the Yu-River flowing down to Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. The waterfall is located in Tochigi Prefecture and it also has lakes, reservoirs, and valleys originated by volcanic activity. There are also historic world-heritage temples and shrines and nature surrounding it.
Great Blue Heron at the Guadalupe River Trail
Definitely for the birds
Mangos originated in India over 5,000 years ago
Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa, and South America from around 300 to 400 AD
Some mango varieties are called: 1. Honey 2. Francis 3. Haden 4. Keitt 5. Kent 6. Tommy Atkins 7. Palmer
Keep unripe mangos at room temperature
A ripe mango will be softer
Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose
The gentle wind
The silent waves
The morning sun
The wildlife refuge