White Pelican at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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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.

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-white-pelican

Black-necked Stilt

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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.

At the Slough

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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

Golden Pond

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The colors and patterns of the salt evaporation ponds are caused by Micro-organisms combined with the seasonal changes and the salinity of the water. It’s rare to see the same tapestry of colors and designs every year.

Layers

layers

You never know how to catch nature.

It’s often so unpredictable and mysterious.

But when you can it’s very rewarding.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose