w/ Shrubby Sunburst Lichen below.
2nd Shot: Richmond/San Raphael Bridge crossing the San Francisco Bay
A hill-topping Female. A rarity with the ratio being approx 20 boys for every girl on a hill top. She was immediately...mobbed.
It was a day for these guys. Big, black males who looked more like Chuckwallas.
The dexterity of Tony Iwane's quick reflexes came up with this jewel.
Biggest one I've ever seen. Was half-thinking it was a young Chuckwalla.
Tarantula like spider with red back about the size of a dime. Had tarantula like fangs and grabbed and ate a small fly that landed in front of it.
Buzzing around flowers.
30-40 gulls on a dredge scow.
Saw this beautiful bird on a boat by Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39. The feathers were iridescent and it had one long white plume coming from it's head.
The mother of one of my students saw this hawk fly with prey to the top of a telephone pole. We observed it eating a bird (abundant feathers fell down) for about 25 minutes. She observed barring under the tail as it landed. There was a lot of orange-red on its chest, which is not well-photographed here, probably due to the sunset colors washing the color out. From tip to tail it was about the same length as the diameter of the telephone pole. My first thought was of an American kestral, but it was larger than that and the orange pattern was incorrect. It seemed smaller than the Cooper's hawk we had seen. We consulted the Audubon Society Field Guide and were led to our conclusion based on color and size. Plus, it flew away low with quick wing flaps when it finished eating, then glided to about 10' from the ground a block away before it disappeared. It's tail was squared-off.
Growing out of a hole in a concrete pillar at the dry docks in Richmond Harbor at Point Potrero.