The iridescent throat patch of this male Anna's hummingbird is called a gorget, and extends over its head. The gorget helps identify this hummingbird commonly found in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
White-Crowned Sparrow on Grevillea
This White-crowned sparrow was hopping among the flowers on this Grevillea in the Australian garden of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
Allen's Hummingbird at a Grevillea
The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is well-known for it's beautiful flower gardens that attract many hummingbirds, including this Allen's hummingbird (female or immature).
Golden-Crowned Sparrow on Grevillea
This Golden-crowned sparrow was hopping among the flowers on this Grevillea in the Australian garden of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, stopping frequently to pick at the flowers. This bird has been tagged for identification by researchers, as you can see by the colorful bands on each leg.
Great Horned Owl (male)
Great Horned Owl (male) out and about in the early evening, around sunset.
A Pari of Canada Geese
These Canada Geese were keeping an eye out for each other. Whenever someone would walk or jog past, they would start honking to warn the other. They quickly got used to me and relaxed for this shot.
Canada Goose in Grass
This Canada Goose had just eaten some grass and settled in to realx.
Double-Crested Cormorants on Branch
Two of several Double-Crested Cormorants drying their wings and resting on a dead tree in the water of Schwan Lagoon, Santa Cruz, near Twin Lakes Beach State Park.
Great Egret in Blue
This Great Egret was slowly and carefully moving through the water looking for meal.
Bumblebee on Flower
Bumblebee enjoying some time on a flower.
Acorn Woodpecker on Tree (Upside Down)
Acorn Woodpecker searching for food on a tree branch.
Acorn Woodpecker on Tree
Feeding a Baby Hummingbird
A mother hummingbird returns to her nest and starts feeding her two babies.
Two baby hummingbirds hear their mother return to the nest and they are ready for food.
Baby Hummingbirds in Nest
Two baby hummingbirds wait patiently in their nest for their mother to return with food.
Acorn Woodpeckers Landing on a Tree
Two Acorn Woodpeckers come in for a landing on the top of a dead tree that is host to many acorns that had been planted in the tree by woodpeckers. A third Acorn Woodpecker stands its ground while it is confronted by one that just landed.
Acorn Woodpeckers, One in Flight
One Acorn Woodpecker climbs on a dead tree that hosts many acorns while another Acorn Woodpecker takes flight from the top of the tree.
Acorn Woodpeckers on Dead Tree
Acorn Woodpeckers were very busy today, flying around and looking for food, and this tree hosted several at a time. Here, there are four Acorn Woodpeckers, three on the top of the tree and one on the right side.
Great Horned Owl (female)
Great Horned Owl (female) out and about in the early evening, around sunset.
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