Photo Essay – Swainson’s Hawks in Bakersfield

Originally posted on Under Clear Skies:
Swainson’s Hawk – Luke Tiller This weekend I drove up from Los Angeles to Sonoma for the Sonoma Birding Optics Festival to go talk about optics for ZEISS Birding (blog here). Though I love the incredible diversity of habitat and species in Los Angeles County the one thing it doesn’t have much of is raptor migration. Swainson’s Hawk –… Continue reading Photo Essay – Swainson’s Hawks in Bakersfield

Shape Shifting: and the Birds-of-Paradise | Cornell / National Geographic

Originally posted on SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG:
Several kinds of birds-of-paradise transform their bodies into a dark oval shape when they display. Each species uses a different assortment of feathers on the wings, flank, or neck. They use muscles in the skin to move the feathers into position. The black shape serves as a background for showing off a bright patch of iridescent… Continue reading Shape Shifting: and the Birds-of-Paradise | Cornell / National Geographic