Posts Tagged ‘Stow lake’

Water Witch Feeds Her Baby a Mud Bug, Golden Gate Park – Pied-Billed Grebes, Adult and Juvenile – Podilymbus Podiceps

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Other names of this grebe include American dabchick, dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper, hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, pied-bill, thick-billed grebe, and water witch.”

As seen in GGP, click to expand:

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Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, riverbadgers or yabbies, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters…

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

The Somewhat Tame Western Scrub Jays of Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 20th, 2017

You’d hold up a peanut or something and birdy here (Aphelocoma Californica) would fly over and land on your hand:

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Try it yourself – go out around Stow Lake holding up a peanut and just see what lands on your hand…

Stow Lake Love Triangle: Conflict Among Herons Above Stow Lake – 2017 Season Starts April 15th

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Mama’s on the nest with Junior. The Interloper is being chased away by the Baby Daddy. As seen almost exactly 11 years ago:

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Join the Heron Watch in Golden Gate Park starting halfway through April.

Prices are UP at the Stow Lake Boat House – Also, Sales Tax is Charged? – Anyway, $40-Something/Hour for a Family Boat

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Here are your new prices:

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And what’s the deal – they didn’t pay taxes on the fleet of boats, so the people who rent the boats pay sales tax to make up for that, bit by bit, over the decades? OK fine. Can’t say that I understand this.

Crayfish: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park – Everybody’s Eating These Tiny Lobsters

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Here’s what I saw the other day:

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I’m supposing it’s crayfish from the bottom of Stow Lake.

Now let’s review

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Sometimes crayfish look very red, like a lobster, sometimes not?

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Great blue herons throw them up in the air and then catch ’em with a big thwack. THWACK:

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There’s mudbug juice everywhere.

But pied-billed grebes are neater

There you go, Junior:

Eat some crawdads:

All right, stay safe, mudbugs.

Procambarus clarkii is a freshwater crayfish species, native to the Southeastern United States, but found also on other continents, where it is often an invasive pest. It is known variously as the red swamp crawfish, red swamp crayfish,Louisiana crawfish, Louisiana crayfish or mudbug.

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Heron Watch Season Returns to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park – Giant Birds in Giants Nests

Monday, April 25th, 2016

What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:

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Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:

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Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:

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And here they are, some of the new babies:

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I’ll tell you, I prefered the former breeding location, near the Stow Lake Boat House – you can see one parent here, what just had barfed up / regurgitated a freshly-killed gopher. Can you see which fledgling gulped it down?

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Dem boids were certainly were closer to shore back in the day, easier to see.

Anyway, on it goes. They’ll fly the coop by the end of May, most likely…

The Pig-Nosed Turtles of Golden Gate Park are Aptly Named

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Sometimes in Golden Gate Park you can see pig-nosed turtles weighing up to 30 pounds.

Like this ugly customer:

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Do some people abandon pets at Golden Gate Park?

Yes, some people do.

It’s Orange Bird Season in California! Our Best-Looking Native Bird Has Got To Be … The Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Your pet-store Cherry-Headed Conures certainly are handsome animules (see below), but our Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill don’t really belong in Frisco, not really.

So the Hooded Oriole takes the crown

Here’s one [oh, if you want to add your comment to all the others, use this link] at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from, IDK, a decade ago? This male has a blush of orange, as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:

Here’s an effort from Bob Gunderson‘s Dust Trombone from a few years back – dese boids are all over the place dese days, so enjoy them while they last.

Now here are your beauty champs from the 415’s Import Division:

A friendly pair in the Presidio. 

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…