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Photo of a Sanderling, Calidris alba. Marin Headlands, January, 2005. I’d attended a choral retreat at the Marin Headlands, and saw this gorgeous little bird on an early morning walk. (Cross-posted from Teacup Rex).

Copeland Creek

Lots of water in this ephemeral creek right now, after the recent rains. I love the sound it makes as the water rushes over the rocks.


I’ve loved birds as long as I can remember, and the first specific bird I remember seeing in the wild was pretty impressive – a Great Horned Owl, which flew down onto the neighbor’s lawn in front of me while I was out trick-or-treating one Halloween when I was about five years old. Later, I…

Roots and Ripples

March, 2017 – The bank of Copeland Creek, on the Sonoma State University campus.

Fairy Penguin

Possibly my favorite of all the photos I’ve ever taken, this was taken on Kangaroo Island, in Australia, in 2005. I was walking by myself on the beach in the morning when I heard something growling at me from the rocks that separated the beach from the hillside above. When I finally pinpointed the sound,…

Northern Gannets

August, 2002 ~ A colony of 150,000 northern gannets (Morus bassanus) live on the Bass Rock, an island in the Firth of Forth not far from Edinburgh, Scotland. This photo was taken from a small boat, as we toured around the island. Genuinely magnificent.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus). Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia.