Beth Hamel's photos


  • bullock's oriole


  • snowy egret


  • american kestrel juvenile

    Sweet family of 5 juveniles, recently fledged. Flying all over, begging while flying, and then huddling with each other or with mom. These guys were spotted last week by Karen Burnson and Janna Pauser.


  • american kestrel juveniles


  • common merganser chicks with mom

    Delighted to find lots of merganser chicks at Almaden Lake Park today - a first for us. Earlier in the day there was a large group of young all learning eagerly how to dive. Saw these guys later in the afternoon, huddling together. Love their faces.

  • kestrel chicks in the nest

    The next thing we heard was a complete racket from a nearby oak, and Voila! mystery solved. That kestrel parent really wanted us to go away so it could feed that fat spider to these adorable little chicks. Had never seen kestrel chicks before, and they…


  • american kestrel

    Falco sparverius We found this kestrel perched and the odd thing was that it sat, frozen, for a very long time. Let me move all around and get good angles, not at all typical. Finally it flew off and we looked around at other things going on. Then sud…

  • golden eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos

  • golden eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos


  • golden eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos

  • golden eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos