Posts Tagged ‘birds’
Segregated skies to match the segregated ‘hoods below:
San Francisco, 2015
My Submission for “Animals Riding Animals” – A Brewer’s Blackbird and a Red Tailed Hawk Mom Above Golden Gate ParkFriday, February 20th, 2015
Animals Riding Animals is hot in 2015 – it’s the latest thing.
I’m the King of the World! YOLO!
Let’s hear from a Yelper:
“This park has turned into a dump. I walk my dog here everyday and have watched it deteriorate rapidly over the last year. I’ve found used needles in the grass, heard a junkie tell a tourist not to use the public toilet because they’ll get Hep-C, and watched the playgrounds turn into homeless encampments. I really don’t understand why the city has turned such a blind eye to the problems here.”
Nature Scene at the World’s Smallest Lake: A Great Egret Across the Street from Our Busy Stanyan Whole FoodsWednesday, January 21st, 2015
Can you even see Golden Gate Park’s “world-class” Alvord Lake on a map? I suppose, but it’s smaller than most ponds IRL.
Anyway, here it is, complete with a giant Great Egret looking for food right across the street from people looking for food at the Whole Foods Stanyan:
Or if you don’t want to call it an egret, you can play it safe, as writer CW Nevius might, by guessing “heron,” ’cause that’s close enough. (Hey, is he making a joke about the tower crane in the reflection? I can’t tell. Prolly not, but I can’t tell. It is a heron, a great blue heron, a giant bird that just loves SF. A GBH will get a little irritated if you walk right up to it when it’s hunting, but usually not so much that it would fly away)
Anyway, all dese kinds of boids are in the heron family, and lots of them hang out in GGP, occasionally
Black Crowned Night Heron:
And most of the time all they do is stand around and hang out, ’cause herons is herons, mostly – they’re all pretty much the same…
San Francisco Opposes the Feds Killing Off Mice on the Farallon Islands? Fear of Dead Seagulls Scaring Tourists?Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Well, this is news to me.
All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?
Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”
I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.
Can you, Gentle Reader?
One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.
Seattle Had Its Spoon Man, But San Francisco Had Pigeon Man – Remembering Civic Center’s #1 Pigeon-Feeder of 2012Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Forget about superwellknown Spoon Man from two decades back.
Just two years ago, San Francisco had its own icon – Pigeon Man.
All the pigeons of Civic Center knew Pigeon Man was coming – they’d walk with him down Larkin, Pied Piper-style. See?
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They used the crosswalk better than the average San Francisco pedestrian:
Here was the reward, some kind of grain, like what the Road Runner used to peck at: