February 27th, 2015 – Avian Friday: Mommy Long Legs
This week we head back a ways into the archives to one of my favorite spots for bird photography. Located in the heart of Irvine, California, the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a 300 acre coastal freshwater wetlands wildlife preserve. It has more than 12 miles of trails and is home to over 200 different species of birds.During late spring newly hatched Avocet and Black-Necked Stilts chicks can be found wading around the shallow edges of the ponds learning how hunt for insects and small invertebrates. I caught this image of the mother and chicks as they were about to climb aboard her underwing and settle down for the afternoon.
Black-Necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus )
Canon 1D Mark II+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM
Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC.
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