On safari in Bakersfield

by chrisdaines on January 22, 2012 · 4 comments

Saturday I spent some time with my new lens. Bakersfield has many watershed areas. Some are for flood control, others are reservoirs for farmers who store water to irrigate in dry times. This is a dry time. We haven’t had any significant rain for nearly a year.

This gave me a good chance to take some photographs of some of Kern County’s resident feathered creatures.

Bakersfield wetland drying up


This first bird, some type of bird of prey, I’m unable to identify. If you know it, please share in the comments.

American Kestrel looking very colorful on the power lines.




This Turkey Vulture didn’t land close enough for me to get any close ups, but looked majestic in the wind.

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture Wingspan

There was a very large flock of Egrets clinging to the last remnants of water in the quickly drying marsh.

Great Egret and Snowy Egrets in flight over Bakersfield

Great Egret in flight

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Great Egret in flight

Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets

Great Egrets sparring

Great Egret in Flight over Bakersfield

There are dozens of different gulls in Bakersfield, but I enjoyed the quality of light here.

Gulls in flight over Bakersfield

Surprise, these are not ducks. They are American Coots.

American Coots in Bakersfield marsh


Killdeer in Bakersfield marsh

Killdeer in Bakersfield marsh

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1 Becky Gilbert January 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Wow Chris – I didn’t realize there were that many different birds here. Great shots.

2 chrisdaines January 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thanks Becky. Amazing what we can find in our own backyard.

3 Kahrin Dacus January 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

The pictures of the Egrets on the water look like paintings – very nice!

4 chrisdaines January 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thanks Kahrin.

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