It was bitterly cold, and already mostly cloudy by the time I got into the rice fields, so I opted to try to capture the sunrise and then see what happened after that.
|Sunrise west of Richvale|
The next day dawned sunny and clear, so I decided to head to the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, where I've gotten wonderful images in previous years.
This time, the wildlife were much shier than before, and I was only able to get a couple of good images.
|White-fronted Goose, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge|
|Pintail Duck, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge|
There are a lot of pheasants at the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge, but they are typically very skittish and rarely let you get close enough to photograph them. Today, I was very lucky, as several pheasants pecked near the side of the road and let me creep close enough for some nice portraits.
|A Great Egret on the hunt|
|The egret catches a vole or mouse for it's dinner|
|The Great Egret after it swallowed its dinner|
|The setting sun is reflected on the water and silhouettes a Snow Goose|