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    Default Delta Wildlife

    I have fished a few times this month but it has not been great. A bunch of small ones and nothing really worth taking a picture of. The wildlife viewing on the other hand has been pretty good. I have found some owls on daytime perches. It is fun to search for them but they dont always want their picture taken. I found some birds feeding on mud flats at low tide. I sat still in my kayak and they got comfortable with me and came pretty close which gave me some good photo ops. I got a raccoon feeding on a crawfish. He was mopping up fish and crawfish at low tide. I followed some otters around and got a head shot I am pretty happy with. I got a gray squirrel with a huge bushy tail. I found some vultutres on a carcass. They are so much about death that it is a little disturbing when seen up close. They are kind of like a living grim reaper. I have some sympathy for them - they are ugly and spend their lives fighting with other nasty birds over fly infested carcasseses.

    A lot of animals out there.








































    Last edited by John H; 09-23-2022 at 01:04 PM.

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    Looks like you were at the Zoo?


    Great photos......

    I guess we would see more of that wildlife if we were not concentrating on our fly fishing.
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    I would say they were taken at the Delta zoo although some of them were taken walking along Putah Creek which I think of as the upper Delta. I find when I stop fishing and sit still I start see a lot of things happening around me.

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    That egret has a good sized sculpin in his beak. Was that on the Delta or Putah?

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    The egrets are at Liberty. Lots of birds around there. They were catching fish regularly at low tide. I saw that raccoon catch three fish and two crawdads. He only ate the tails on the crawdads. It was kind of a feeding frenzy.

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    Great photos. Thanks for taking us along.

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    Thank you John, I really enjoy and appreciate your posts!
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    The last pic of that Great Horned Owl shows what a tremendous camo they have. They're such an amazing creature.
    John keep on doing what you're doing! Thanks.
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    The horned owl camouflage is impressive. When I walk through the trees looking for one I am trying to spot a shape. I am looking for a vertical branch about 8” wide. If I see that I zoom in and check it out. With the barn owl you can see a little piece of color that looks odd so you look for that. I have walked up on a couple of them that were asleep. They were surprised to see me when the woke up.
    Last edited by John H; 09-27-2022 at 06:56 PM.

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