Home · Register · Search · View Winners · Software · Hosting · Software · Join Upload & Sell

Moderated by: Fred Miranda
Username   Password

  New fredmiranda.com Mobile Site
  

FM Forums | Nature & Wildlife | Join Upload & Sell

  

Archive 2012 · Lake Camanche (Norcal) Eagle Boat Tour...
  
 
cohenfive
Offline
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #1 · Lake Camanche (Norcal) Eagle Boat Tour...


the local water utility (ebmud) owns two large reservoirs in the central valley, about 30 miles east of lodi, california (which makes them pretty much smack dab in the middle of not much). these reservoirs (camanche and pardee) have become home to a great variety of bird and other forms of wildlife, and are stocked for fishing. they are also one of the few places in northern california where bald eagles have decided to nest and raise their young. twice a year ebmud runs eagle boat tours around the reservoirs to go check out the eagles and other wildlife, and my wife and i went this saturday afternoon. randy finley (much better phototgrapher than myself) was on the morning boat but we did not get the chance to meet him. we had a great trip, and the weather was absolutely perfect with reasonably warm temps and not a breath of wind on the lake.

overall we had a great tour and were fortunate to see several bald eagles, both juvenile and adult. there were also lots of hawks and tv's zipping around, as well as many pelicans, grebes and assorted ducks and geese. i have posted some eagle pix below, but i want to warm you in advance that they are not the best shots--while we saw several birds, we could not get close to any of them. these are large, manmade reservoirs used to store water for the bay area by collecting the sierra snow melt. part of the issue is that the reservoir has been drained to a pretty low level by ebmud in advance of the winter rains (which have not yet come), and the other part is because we just didn't get lucky. anyway, below are some pix of the birds we did see, and i did the best i could with the long range, late afternoon light hand holding on a boat.







a grebe swimming away from a close up...







juvenile bald eagle in flight







juvenile bald eagle having lunch...backlit and in a dark tree unfortunately







another view of the same juvenile eagle



Edited on Jan 16, 2012 at 05:01 AM · View previous versions



Jan 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
cohenfive
Offline
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #2 · Lake Camanche (Norcal) Eagle Boat Tour...


here are a few more. while i took a ton of pictures, we just could not get that close. i had to use my 1.7 tc with my 500vr for many of the eagle shots, but even so they are fairly heavily cropped.





one of two bald eagles in a tree that housed their nest...







the other of the pair in the same tree







pelican on the bank, late in the day




Jan 16, 2012 at 04:57 AM
surfnron
Offline
• • • • • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #3 · Lake Camanche (Norcal) Eagle Boat Tour...


You still managed some nice shots Richard ~ Ron


Jan 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
cohenfive
Offline
• • • •
Upload & Sell: On
p.1 #4 · Lake Camanche (Norcal) Eagle Boat Tour...


thanks ron. these weren't up to most of what i see here, but we just didn't get close to anything so everything was a stretch...great day though, lots of birds around. maybe there were too many people out on the lake generally so the birds were staying away...really nice weather so we saw lots of other boats on the lake.


Jan 16, 2012 at 04:31 PM





FM Forums | Nature & Wildlife | Join Upload & Sell

    
 

You are not logged in. Login or Register

Username   Password    Retrive password