Ron Fredrick: Juvenile Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) - Curious but cautious
Ron Fredrick: A male Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope), pauses momentarily before a nectar-laden stalk of Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)
Ron Fredrick: A male Lion (Panthera Leo), wakes from a short nap and spends the next 30 seconds emitting a series of low, rumbling roars that can be heard for miles
Ron Fredrick: A Tawny eagle (Aquila rapax), with traces of blood on its left foot and powerful talons displayed, briefly glances in my direction.
Ron Fredrick: Male Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) - On the first cloud-free day in weeks - Explored
Ron Fredrick: A Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), moves in for its closeup
Ron Fredrick: A mated pair of Tawny Eagles (Aquila rapax) find a solid and visually interesting perch
Ron Fredrick: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) - Siblings at rest in the morning light
Ron Fredrick: A White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), on the morning hunt from the very end of its perch
Ron Fredrick: A male Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera), showing the beautiful blue and green wing feathers not usually seen except when their owner is in the middle of self-indulgent grooming session.
Ron Fredrick: A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) *hides* behind a convenient branch
Ron Fredrick: Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) - Keeping an eye out for me
Ron Fredrick: A male California Quail (Callipepla californica), on sentry duty while the rest of the covey feeds below
Ron Fredrick: Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Ron Fredrick: A male American bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus), gives just a hint of its acrobatic prowess while adding fresh blossoms of Howard McMinn Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora) to its standard diet of insects and spiders
Ron Fredrick: A male Dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii), strikes a pose.
Ron Fredrick: A cow Elk (Cervus canadensis) - Napping peacefully in the sun after digging through the snow to graze on the meager leavings from 2018.
Ron Fredrick: An adult Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) on a very windy day
Ron Fredrick: An adult White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) feeding on Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinalis) buds
Ron Fredrick: A female Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) - *Not* a wild bear
Ron Fredrick: White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) - Handsome and he knows it!
Ron Fredrick: A Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca), weary of being categorized only as a “wading bird”, swims smugly past an American Coot.
Ron Fredrick: An adult Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), illustrating to me that it doesn't *need* eyes in back of its head.
Ron Fredrick: A male Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), showing just a hint of its iridescent green and purple head
Ron Fredrick: Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
Ron Fredrick: Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) - Fully commits to pursuing its meal.
Ron Fredrick: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Ron Fredrick: Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus)
Ron Fredrick: A male Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) - Stretching after a busy morning, feeding, impressive courtship flights and chasing off male "competitors" in the arboretum
Ron Fredrick: A young Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), one of 3 siblings, begins its morning prowl