Curlew and Whimbrel

December 1st, 2007, seetharam

My favourite North American shorebirds are Long-billed Curlew and Whimbrel. Couple of best places to watch these elusive birds closely in their natural habitat are San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Southern California.

I have had a pleasure of shooting these two birds in my several recent trips to San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary and Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

Long-billed Curlew is the largest shorebird in North America. Breeds in the grasslands. Whimbrel is a similar shorebird with slightly shorter bill. Long-billed Curlew and Whimbrel are often seen together in the grasslands.

Long-billed Curlew Wing Stretch.

Whimbrel Wing Stretch

Whimbrel Wing Preening

Whimbrel Landing

For more images please visit my avian images gallery.

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Bathing Stilts

November 17th, 2007, seetharam

It was a real thrill to watch these Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) taking a bath at San Jacinto Wildlife Area this past week. I thought of sharing one of the image as desktop wallpaper from the series I have shot.



Desktop Wallpaper

November 11th, 2007, seetharam

I have added new desktop wallpaper to my nature wallpaper collection. This was taken on Nov 6th, 2007 at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Riverside County. It was late evening, I was walking at one of the ponds with my Canon 1D Mark III and Canon 600 MM lens. I spotted this coyote walking close to the pond and trying to catch a coot for dinner.


New Desktop Wallpapers

November 4th, 2007, seetharam

I have added two new desktop wallpapers. They were taken on Saturday (November 3rd 2007). I had to deal with overcast weather in the morning at Crystal Cove Beach.

Brown Pelican, Huntington Beach, Southern California.

Sanderling, Crystal Cove State Park, Southern California.



Close encounter with bobcat

October 30th, 2007, seetharam

On Sunday (October 28th, 2007) I came upon a bobcat while taking a bird walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, not twenty feet away, sitting and licking his back paw. I was walking on trail with my Canon 1D Mark III and Canon 600 mm IS lens. When I saw him very close to the pond I stopped walking.

I read some where that bobcats are pretty harmless. So, I was not really afraid of him but at the same time I did not want to stand that close to him. Looks like he read my mind, after few minutes, he walked softly in front of me. What a memorable experience that was!

Here is the close of shot of this cat.



October 28th, 2007, seetharam

Welcome to my nature photography blog! My name is Seetharam Maddali, and I am a nature photographer based in Redlands (Inland Empire), California. I enjoy sharing the beauty of the natural world through my photography.

The purpose of this blog will be twofold:

  1. Share my latest nature images and accomplishments.
  2. Share my experience with the nature as a nature photographer.

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