I haven't been shooting birds in months and was anxious to get back to my nature reserve and see what was up. I knew that it would be dry there but there is really never a bad day, always something to find and explore.
I got up at 5:30 and drove up to Costco to gas up when they opened at 6:30. No lines. The full moon shined in the early sky.
I saw several falcons in the darkness.
It was dark but with my fast 400mm ƒ2.8 I was still able to get usable shots.
The roads were good, after our little rain, I think they want to take special care of the bird hunters out there, Birders not so much.
In fact there is a big push pull over the entire SJWA preserve, with warehouse developers angling for land and hunters and birders at possible cross purposes.
Beth sent me this video which explains the underlying dynamics.
Yesterday was an extraordinary day for ibis. I estimate I saw a thousand ibis in a single flock. I have never seen such a group in my life.