Beautiful red tail hawk at the turtle bay exploration park in Redding CA.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA

Beautiful red tail hawk with his wings spread on the handlers arms, and blue skies and clouds, with big tall bare trees in the background.
Red Tail Hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA
Beautiful close up picture of a large red tail hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park out on the long walkway over the wetlands.
Red Tail Hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are a couple photos that I took of the red tail hawk at the Turtle Bay Exploratorium. They have feedings daily where you can watch the birds being fed. This was a rare occasion when the trainers were with the birds. They were out in the main walkway.

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Actual Grey whale tail

Grey Whale Expedition

My parents were lucky enough to enjoy a grey whale expedition in Baja, Mexico.  They loved the experience!  It looks like an adventure, they camped out in the middle of nowhere, the camp completely disassembles when the season is over.
Here are some of the photographs they took of the grey whales. The are magnificent large whales, and are surprisingly gentle and calm around the smaller boats.
Baja whale expedition to mexico to pet the whales, picture is the very blue sea, and the tail of a whale with water flowing off of it as the whale descends.
Tail of a Grey Whale
Grey Whale in the Pacific Ocean in Baja Mexico.

Grey whale in the Pacific Ocean, my parent went with others in a very small boat around very large whales and the whales are always very nice.

Close Up of a Grey Whale with lots of little barnacle growing on it, possible a baby whale.

This is the company that my parent used for their Whale Watching expedition!  They also camped because the lagoon isn’t accessible all year around and the campsite is broken down completely after the tour.

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Sleeping duck black and white, with gray and bluish rocks in the background, and the dark water with the reflection of the duck.

Wild Common Merganser Ducks in the Trinity River

Two wild common Merganser ducks swimming on the Trinity river.
Wild common Merganser ducks swimming.

These ducks are amazing!  I looked up these ducks and they are the common Merganser wild duck also called the Goosander.  they are larger ducks of lakes and rivers, and they prefer the fresh water. They are common to North America, Europe and Asia.

I love to watch them ducking in and out of the water getting food.They eat fish and nest in holes in trees.  Which makes perfect sense there are a lot of trees in this area.

 

Wild Common Merganser ducks swimming upriver in the Trinity river, northern California.
Common Merganser ducks in the Trinity river, CA.

 

These Common Merganser wild ducks like to swim up the side of the river, and then they float down.  sometimes with little ducklings following.  it’s adorable. In the Trinity river, we mostly see these wild ducks in the winter.

 

Beautiful panoramic photograph of a winter sunset at the wetlands in northen California, Llano Seco, Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.

Llano Seco, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area

Llano Seco sunset last February, wetlands in Upper Butter Basin Wildlife.
Llano Seco Sunset, Wetlands.

From Interstate 5 in northern California, there are a few Wildlife areas, which are very pristine. These historic natural wetlands formed from runoff from the Sacramento river and Butte Creek.  Located in Butte and Glenn counties, the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is a sight to see.

 

 

Beautiful clouds and sunset on the wetlands of Llano Seco, seven mile road.
Sunset at Llano Seco wetlands.

I was passing by the Llano Seco around sunset.  I went to see Storm Large at the Laxson Auditorium, at Chico State. She rocks!  Look up her website. She sings with Pink Martini also. They have a song, called Veronique. Storm Large

Pictured a sunset from last February.  Lnano Seco was beautiful that evening. There is a boarded walkway out that you can walk out on and get a good view of the wetlands, panoramic also.

Lots of water, birds, and beautiful sunsets at the Upper Butter Basin Wildlife area, Llano Seco, wetlands.
Beautiful sunset at Llano Seco.

This is one of the finest wetland habitats in northern California.  Below is a link to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, with maps and much more details about the Wildlife area.

Upper Butter Basic Wildlife Area, California

 

 

 

 

Beautiful close up of the sun behind the clouds and the red reflection on the water, with the trees in the middle, at Llano Seco, CA.
Beautiful Sunset and reflection at Llano Seco.

It’s a great place for bird watching, there are many species of birds. There are so many birds to see, here are just a few.  There are pelicans, hawks, eagles, falcons, cuckoo, sparrows, cranes, herons, starlings, swallows, larks, blackbirds, and so many more I won’t list.  Go to the website, and look at the pdf file, Bird Checklist.  There are so many they need a check list.

 

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