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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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beach Trapping Part II

Bringing you Part II of the beach set.  Again, I am leaving out a good chunk of images of researchers including some good action shots of what appears to be pitfall trap building. We did not get any new mammal species but got some fun new birds.

First up is another killdeer, this one looks like a juvenile under stormy skies.  Can you even find it in the image? Killdeer reside in Santa Cruz County year round.

Young killdeer

This time a bobcat actually looks in the direction of the camera instead just giving us a look at its tail.  Still not the glamor shot I am aiming for though.  I need it to get closer to the camera as the little dune is hiding the full animal a bit.


This was just going to be a stormy sky shot but then I found the little bird that set off the camera.
Stormy skies


A couple of Canada Geese in the background.  Bummed to have missed the Cackling Goose that was hanging out with these two for a couple of weeks.  In the fore-front is a Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus.  The Wimbrel is one of the most common of the curlews and migrates through the Monterey Bay Area as well as resides here.  Be sure to check the link for some ebird.org data. The Whimbrel only showed up on the camera one day, but there is a pretty steady stream of sighting at YLR with a slight peak in April when these pictures were captured.
Canada geese with Whimbrel

Three Whimbrel

A young killdeer standing atop the dead seagull.
Young killdeer standing on dead gull
And finally a sunrise image of some Brewer's blackbirds, Euphagus cyanocephalus.
Brewer's Blackbirds


  1. Good work. So far the birds are winning.

  2. Way to think outside the box for placement of the camera. A new habitat to explore!

  3. Humans won, but birds beat all non-primate mammals combined. As you know, Codger, my next set will be bird heavy once again. After that I predict a mammalian comeback.