|Tule Lake, California|
In the limited time I had at Tule Lake, mostly in the evening and from a less-than-ideal vantage point in a moving vehicle, I did manage to snag a few decent bird photos to share.
|Great Egret (Egretta alba) at left, with Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), wading amongst American Coots|
(Fulica Americana) and an assortment of grebes.
|Western Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis)|
Today, Tule Lake is protected in a National Wildlife Refuge, but in a diminished state: the lake and surrounding wetlands are a mere tenth of their former size.
|Ducks!! Mostly Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)|
|White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)|
The White-faced Ibis in the photo above would have prominent white lores (skin between bill and eyes) during the breeding season. And in the photo below, the male American Wigeon would have had a bright green "thumbprint" shaped stripe around his eye, with a contrasting white crown during the summer breeding season; the male Ruddy Duck, recognizable by the white markings on his cheeks, would have had a bright blue bill during the summer breeding season.
|American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). In the foreground, along with American Coots, is an|
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
|Assorted waterfowl on Tule Lake (Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge)|