Monday, March 16, 2009

MyWorld

Since this is my first "MyWorld" post I thought I would start close to home. Home is in an active adult community in Lincoln, California, a suburb of Sacramento. Along with the usual golf courses we are fortunate to have quite a bit of open space wetlands.
Recently the Home Owner's Association brought in sheep and goats to control the vegetation in these open spaces. We are hoping that in addition to reducing fire hazard they will restore some of the native vegetation by eating the exotics but perhaps they will just eat the natives.The wetlands encourage a great deal of bird life. Unfortunately for the photographer the HOA threatens large fines for anyone straying off the pathways. That is good for habitat but frustrating for anyone trying to get a good shot of wetland inhabitants.


I was pleased to find these black necked stilts, I hadn't seen any in quite a while.


The wood ducks are quite challenging. They come to the pond just before sundown and hide in the shadows. It is hard to get a crisp shot from the distance in low light.

This turkey vulture wasn't shy at all. I didn't like the way he was eying me. I was pretty sure I wasn't carrion, yet!

15 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Welcome to That's My World! And these are beautiful shots! Marvelous birds!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

ewok1993 said...

I think those are the same goats that clean up around the bay area. Is Lincoln on the way to Plumas County?

SandyCarlson said...

I hope it works out between the humans and the wildlife. A great idea!

Diane C. said...

The photo of the wood duck is lovely with the reflection. Those stilts look interesting, I've never seen one before. Yikes, that turkey vulture looks scary!

Martha said...

Lincoln is in Placer County north of Roseville.

kayleen said...

How nice to have a wetland so close. I would share your frustation about having to stay on the path! Great photos.

Babooshka said...

Wetlands are a wildlife haven. Lovely post.

Carolyn said...

Great bird photos and welcome to My World. There are a lot of goats there? Thank you for sharing your world.
Smiles

Barb said...

My husband and I love to bike the American River Trail from Sacramento to Folsam. We often see wild turkeys along the trail. We are visiting again in May - hope the wildflowers are blooming then!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful, love the bird photos i never knew that about them. Welcome to My World Hope you come over and visit me

Arija said...

Nice Wetlands. Great that you joined MY WORLD, welcome to the gang!

W. Latane Barton said...

You did a great job with your first MY World. Glad you joined.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

welcome...enjoyed your photos and post. i am a native californian relocated to virginia and so miss my home state.

have a great week.
erin

Glennis said...

Nice picture of the Stilts, good wet lands.

koala said...

That's quite a lot of animals you got there in your community.