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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Cackler and a Cooper's

A Cackler Goose from Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz, CA.  A fairly rare migrant in this area.  Notice the much smaller size and shorter bill in comparison to the Canada geese in the photo.

A first year Cooper's Hawk also from Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz, CA.  It only perched in the tree for 20 seconds or so before flying off to hunt coots.
Obviously not camera trap photos. Taken with a Canon DSLR and a Tamron 18-250mm walking lens which is not the sharpest lens in the world, but is very versatile.


  1. You are quick on the draw to get that Cooper's.

  2. I was busy shooting the cackler when I saw him fly into the tree out of the corner of my eye. Luckily he was framed between the branches without me having to move a foot. Just needed a slight rotation at the waist ... so basically I got really lucky.