Wednesday, November 28, 2012

California Quail (Callipepla californica) and Natural Bridge State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA

Today I have photos of the California Quail (Callipepla californica) and photos from Natural Bridge State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. The photo of the California Quails was taken near the state beach. Also near the state beach (same park) is the Monarch Resting Area which is accessible via a boardwalk. I don't have any photos of it here as I was not in season to see the butterflies, but every year (I forgot when), a huge amount of Monarch butterflies will fly there and rest. It was an amazing scene and I went there once when I was younger. It was beautiful.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best 2012 Santa Cruz photos, use this link. To see my best bird photos of 2012, use this link. To see all of the photos from this trip here.

The first 6 photos are all of the California Quail (Callipepla californica).

 Cute bird isn't it?



After they saw me approaching with a camera, they started walking away. 

 One of them decided to stop and look at me. YAY! :P



Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Seagull flying



California Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) - Long Beak
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) - Short Beak
Seagull - Blurred, out of focus bird flying away

Natural Bridge formation at the beach. Ocean waves smoothed out using a neutral density filter.

Natural Bridge formation at the beach. Ocean waves smoothed out using a neutral density filter.



Natural Bridge formation at the beach. Ocean waves smoothed out using a neutral density filter.

What the waves looked like without any filter (No ND filter used). 

These are all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed it. You are probably thinking I will start my Death Valley photos next time, but that is not the case. Again, almost 2000 photos will take me quite a while to process! Next time, I will most likely be posting up the photos I took at Wilder Ranch State Park which is also located in Santa Cruz, not so far from Natural Bridge State Beach. Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.