The Majority Of Mountain Lions Are After Your Beloved Pets. Or Are They?

Tuesday, 16 February 2016.

"Study finds mountain lions are feasting on pets" says the worrisome headline above the Chronicle's Tom Stienstra's article in SFGate this weekend. In it he shares how the Department of Fish and Wildlife shared with him a study that "had not been released to the public". The results of the study were shocking: 52% of 107 mountain lions killed under depredation licenses were found to have cats and dogs in their stomachs!

But wait, is that really true?

Telegraph Hill’s Frequently Sighted Coyote Can Teach Us a Lesson

Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

Telegraph Hill’s Frequently Sighted Coyote Can Teach Us a Lesson

On Monday, a KPIX reporter published a sighting that many Telegraph Hill residents have been familiar with for a few months now: A coyote roaming around Coit Tower, seemingly not intimidated by human presence.

Coyotes have been present on Telegraph hill even before this healthy looking young female appeared, but sightings were rare. Coyotes are naturally wary of people and when they share an environment with us they are mostly active at dusk and dawn. They are masters at laying low and when they hide during the day you simply don’t get to see them.

So what happened to this coyote that altered her behavior?

This Hawk Will Probably Die Soon. Here's Why.

Thursday, 08 October 2015.

This Hawk Will Probably Die Soon. Here's Why.

This is a story of how a seemingly great urban wildlife encounter can turn rather depressing. Yesterday morning I was walking by the parking lot of the big Safeway in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood and I considered myself pretty lucky when a red-tailed hawk swooped down right in front of me. It landed at the foot of a tree and immediately came back up with a little mouse in its talons. Apparently unfazed by shoppers and passersby just a few feet away -indicating that this was a routine action- it sat on a fence and started to eat the mouse. After a few minutes, the mouse was gone and the hawk returned to its perch on top of a utility pole.

I was quite excited about this unexpected encounter in front of me and my camera. It was a perfect example of urban wildlife displaying natural behavior without resorting to eating trash or food provided by people. Upon closer inspection though, it turned out things weren't so great...

Starving Seabirds Need Nice People

Friday, 11 September 2015.

This morning at Ocean Beach I encountered what from a distance looked like a woman taking her pet penguin for a walk.

As I got closer I learned that the reality was less comical than it looked...

Gear Post: Why Going Mirrorless Works for Me

Wednesday, 09 September 2015.

Gear Post: Why Going Mirrorless Works for Me

When it comes to receiving praise for their work, photographers famously dislike the pseudo-complementary phrase "you must have a really nice camera". Of course I prefer praise that compliments my skills rather than my gear as well, but when it comes to wildlife photography it can't be denied that the right tools can make getting satisfying results a lot easier. I couldn't do what I do with a pinholed Pringles can and some photographic paper.

So what are the right tools for wildlife photography?

The Bobcats Next Door

Thursday, 30 July 2015.

The Bobcats Next Door

A couple of years ago my New Year's resolution was to take a satisfying capture of a bobcat. I had only accidentally come across the elusive felines once or twice in the Marin Headlands and only managed to snap a blurry bobcat behind before they disappeared into the tall grass. Obviously some more dedication was in order. 

You will never believe what happens when you click on these links!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

You will never believe what happens when you click on these links!

Remember the "links" page that was a staple on every website from 1996-2005? It was a time of homepages and headlines that didn't claim to know what you would or wouldn't believe. This post is a tribute to the lists of hyperlinks of yore. Read on and be directed to some great resources for Bay Area wildlife and photography.