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
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
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.
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
The summer heat wave
Created unusual colors
But the people suffered
Good often comes with bad