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Hooded merganser spotted in Walnut Creek

Hooded merganser in Walnut Creek, CA. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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The things you can learn by just looking at the birds in our creeks! I didn’t know what a hooded merganser was, and thought they looked like the common mergansers until I took a photo of a pretty bird in the creek.  I looked it up in a bird book and sure enough I had my first photo of a hooded merganser in Civic Park, in downtown Walnut Creek!
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Under: Mergansers, Wood Ducks | 2 Comments »

White pelicans fishing at San Pablo Reservoir

White pelicans fishing at San Pablo Reservoir by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA.
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This group of photos were all taken at San Pablo Dam Reservoir (near Orinda, CA). Due to budget issues they close the south end boat launch area three days a week. This gave me an opportunity to hike there from the north end of the lake. With relatively no one around I was able to get decent access to the white pelican population of the lake.

The water there is still muddy and must be making it tough on ospreys and bald eagles and I saw both at a distance.
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Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011
Under: Cormorants, Mergansers, Pelicans | No Comments »