Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge – Day 1

January 14, 2018 at 11:16 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography)

Snow Goose

A lot has happened since my last post (moving to California for one), so I have some catching up to do. But first I’ll share the most recent images of my travels. Three-day weekends give an opportunity for mini-expeditions, and I chose the Sacramento NWR for its winter birdlife.

Northern Shrike

This is the first time I’ve seen a northern shrike up close, and it caught the waning light of the afternoon before the sun dipped behind the clouds on the horizon.

I began my tour of the 6-mile auto road around 2:30 p.m. and the day’s fog had only just cleared off. This is was all the sunset we got.



White-fronted goose

The bam-bam-bam of hunter shotguns in the distance didn’t bother the birds on the auto tour, which was quite popular judging by the number of cars on it.

Shoveler male

You aren’t allowed to exit your car except at three park-and-stretch points, which is great because the car is an excellent blind. (And as I’ve gotten older, it’s my favorite way to take bird photographs, especially with my very heavy Nikon 200-500mm lens).

Ring-necked pheasant male

The ring-necked pheasant isn’t a native bird, but it’s well-established and is a favorite of hunters.

White-fronted geese

White-fronted geese

This is one of a complex of refuges in the Sacramento system. I was hoping to bird all day today but the fog is still thick.

Harrier (Marsh Hawk)

Snow Goose

Northern flicker female

Ruddy Duck male

Mallard drake

Auto Road view

Ring-necked Ducks

I’ve never understood why this wasn’t called the ring-billed duck.

Gadwall pair

Red-tailed hawk, rufous morph (I think)


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1 Comment

  1. Jet Eliot said,

    Fantastic images, Cindy, of one of the most beautiful spots in northern California.

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