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Wildlife of the California Delta

Welcome to my Discovery Bay and California Delta wildlife and nature photo gallery.
As the waters from the Sierra Mountains make their way to San Francisco Bay they wind through a nearly endless network of rivers, tributaries and channels. The main rivers that feed this 1000 plus miles of waterways are the Sacramento, the San Joaquin and the Mokelumne. Originally used in the mid 1800s by the Gold Rush miners for transportation the rich soils of the Delta started to attract settlers and farmers. Today farming and unique waterside communities like Discovery Bay coexist in an area known for fishing, boating and other water oriented activities. The waterways around Discovery Bay and the California Delta are rich in wildlife with over 100 varieties of shore and trail birds as well as sea lions, beavers, otters, muskrats, turtles, snakes and a large variety of fish such as bluegill, striped/largemouth/smallmouth bass, sturgeon, catfish, shad, salmon, steelehead as well as crawdads.

You may have seen some of my images in local publications such as; The Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine, The Delta Sun Times, The Delta Navigator newspaper, Black Diamond Living magazine, The Guide to Discovery Bay, The Discovery Bay Annual Calendar and Contra Costa County's 2007 & 2008 calendars.

This gallery contains images I captured in "My Backyard" the California Delta.

Check out our New Children's Book "Animal ABCs" at: http://www.animalabcs.wkimages

For purchase or for usage rights contact: Bill Klipp, billklipp@wkimages.net
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Snowy Egret  Landing  2
Snowy Egret Landing 2
Beavers, California Delta 7
Beavers, California Delta 7
River Otters   2
River Otters 2
Great Egret with Snowy Egrets 13
Great Egret with Snowy Egrets 13
Beaver   8
Beaver 8
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Blue Heron 11
Gull   3
Gull 3
Snowy Egrets 9
Snowy Egrets 9
Red-Tailed Hawk   1
Red-Tailed Hawk 1
Nuttall's Woodpecker  1
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
Great Blue Heron  10
Great Blue Heron 10
Mallards at Sunset 1
Mallards at Sunset 1
Canada Geese  15
Canada Geese 15
River Otter, Indian Slough   5
River Otter, Indian Slough 5
Great Egret   22
Great Egret 22
Male Northern Mallard Duck  15
Male Northern Mallard Duck 15
Muskrat  1
Muskrat 1
Great Blue Heron catching crayfish 14
Great Blue Heron catching crayfish 14
Great Blue Heron catching crayfish 13
Great Blue Heron catching crayfish 13
Turkey   1
Turkey 1
Mallard Duck 5
Mallard Duck 5
Snowy Egrets  22
Snowy Egrets 22
Canada Geese  13
Canada Geese 13
Green Heron 3,  Discovery Bay
Green Heron 3, Discovery Bay
Cattails, Discovery Bay Ca.
Cattails, Discovery Bay Ca.
Garter Snake  1
Garter Snake 1
Red Breasted Mergansers   2
Red Breasted Mergansers 2
Swan   2
Swan 2
Turtles, Marsh Creek 2, Mt. Diablo
Turtles, Marsh Creek 2, Mt. Diablo
Beavers, California Delta 11
Beavers, California Delta 11
Beavers, California Delta 10
Beavers, California Delta 10
Red Shafted Flicker  1
Red Shafted Flicker 1
Great Egret   18
Great Egret 18
Coot on the run  1
Coot on the run 1
Male Northern Mallard Duck  3
Male Northern Mallard Duck 3
American Kestrel 1
American Kestrel 1
Beavers, California Delta 9
Beavers, California Delta 9
Beaver  6
Beaver 6
Beaver 2
Beaver 2
Green Heron Chicks  1
Green Heron Chicks 1
Green Heron Chick  2
Green Heron Chick 2
Hyacinth at Sunset  1
Hyacinth at Sunset 1
Male Finch  1
Male Finch 1
Female Northern Mallard Duck 1
Female Northern Mallard Duck 1
Male Northern Mallard Duck 2
Male Northern Mallard Duck 2
Canada Geese  11
Canada Geese 11
Swan    1
Swan 1
Duck Take Off   2
Duck Take Off 2
Red-Shouldered Hawk   2
Red-Shouldered Hawk 2
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 13, Discovery Bay Ca.
Great Egret 13, Discovery Bay Ca.
Hawk
Hawk
Snowy Egrets 12
Snowy Egrets 12
Great Blue Heron  9
Great Blue Heron 9
Black Crowned Night Heron 1,  Discovery Bay, Ca.
Black Crowned Night Heron 1, Discovery Bay, Ca.
Snowy Egret  1 Discovery Bay,  Ca.
Snowy Egret 1 Discovery Bay, Ca.
Northern Mallard Ducks  1
Northern Mallard Ducks 1
Green Heron 1 Discovery Bay
Green Heron 1 Discovery Bay
Cows Crossing Marsh Creek, Mt. Diablo
Cows Crossing Marsh Creek, Mt. Diablo
Canadian Goose 4
Canadian Goose 4
Beaver 1
Beaver 1
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Blue Heron 8
Delta Birds Great Egret 2
Delta Birds Great Egret 2
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Blue Heron 6
Delta Birds Great Egret   9
Delta Birds Great Egret 9
Delta Birds  Snowy Egret  7
Delta Birds Snowy Egret 7
Great Egret    5
Great Egret 5
Tern Fishing 4
Tern Fishing 4
Great Egret 16, Discovery Bay Ca.
Great Egret 16, Discovery Bay Ca.
Tern Fishing 3
Tern Fishing 3
Delta Birds Snowy Egrets 1
Delta Birds Snowy Egrets 1
Canadian Geese 3
Canadian Geese 3
Canadian Geese 1
Canadian Geese 1
Canadian Geese 2
Canadian Geese 2
Northern Mallard  Ducks 8
Northern Mallard Ducks 8
Turtles, California Delta 3
Turtles, California Delta 3
Turtles, California Delta 2
Turtles, California Delta 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Blue Heron 7
Cormorant
Cormorant
Turtle
Turtle
River Otter 2
River Otter 2
Tern Fishing 2
Tern Fishing 2
Great Egret  6
Great Egret 6
Great Egrets 7
Great Egrets 7
Great Egret  8
Great Egret 8
Green Heron 2
Green Heron 2
Terns 2
Terns 2
Terns 3
Terns 3
Great  Egret 3
Great Egret 3
Beaver   3
Beaver 3
Canadian Geese  5
Canadian Geese 5
Canadian Geese  6
Canadian Geese 6
Snowy Egrets  12
Snowy Egrets 12
Muskrat 1
Muskrat 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret  10
Great Egret 10
Tern Fishing 1
Tern Fishing 1
Great Egret 14, Discovery Bay Ca.
Great Egret 14, Discovery Bay Ca.
Male Northern Mallard Duck 1
Male Northern Mallard Duck 1
Female Northern Mallard Duck 2
Female Northern Mallard Duck 2
California Sea Lion in Discovery Bay 1
California Sea Lion in Discovery Bay 1
California Sea Lion in Discovery Bay 2
California Sea Lion in Discovery Bay 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 1 Discovery,  Bay Ca.
Great Egret 1 Discovery, Bay Ca.
Green Heron 1,  Discovery Bay, Ca.
Green Heron 1, Discovery Bay, Ca.
Great Egret 2, Discovery Bay,  Ca.
Great Egret 2, Discovery Bay, Ca.
Yellow Flower
Yellow Flower
Great Egret, 15
Great Egret, 15
Ground Squirrel,  Marsh Creek Mt. Diablo
Ground Squirrel, Marsh Creek Mt. Diablo
Black Crowned Night Heron 2,
Black Crowned Night Heron 2,
Turtle, Marsh Creek 1
Turtle, Marsh Creek 1
Snowy Egrets 8
Snowy Egrets 8
Snowy Egrets 10
Snowy Egrets 10
Snowy Egrets 11
Snowy Egrets 11
Snowy Egrets 4
Snowy Egrets 4
Duck Take Off   1
Duck Take Off 1
Snowy Egret  Landing  1
Snowy Egret Landing 1
Snowy Egret 16
Snowy Egret 16
River Otter  3
River Otter 3
River Otters  4
River Otters 4
Garter Snake  2
Garter Snake 2
Canadian Geese  7
Canadian Geese 7
Green Heron Chicks  3
Green Heron Chicks 3
Mallard Duck Family
Mallard Duck Family
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Blue Heron 7
Tule Reflections  1
Tule Reflections 1
Common Mergansers  1
Common Mergansers 1
Cormorant  Fishing  1
Cormorant Fishing 1
Northern Mallard Ducks  2
Northern Mallard Ducks 2
Great Egret, 17
Great Egret, 17
Belted Kingfisher   1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher   2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Beaver  4
Beaver 4
Beaver  5
Beaver 5
Beaver Tail Slap  1
Beaver Tail Slap 1
Gull   1
Gull 1
Gull   2
Gull 2
Snowy Egrets 17
Snowy Egrets 17
Red Winged Black Bird  1
Red Winged Black Bird 1
Red Winged Black Bird  2
Red Winged Black Bird 2
Great Blue Heron  12
Great Blue Heron 12
Turkey   2
Turkey 2
Coots taking off  2
Coots taking off 2
Egrets gathering to feed  1
Egrets gathering to feed 1
Egrets gathering to feed  2
Egrets gathering to feed 2
Egrets  21
Egrets 21
Great Egret   20
Great Egret 20
Great Egret   19
Great Egret 19
Red Shafted Flicker  2
Red Shafted Flicker 2
Indian Slough  2
Indian Slough 2
Beavers, California Delta 8
Beavers, California Delta 8
Beavers, California Delta 12
Beavers, California Delta 12
Canada Geese  12
Canada Geese 12
Canada Geese  10
Canada Geese 10
Snowy Egret  17
Snowy Egret 17
Killdeer  2
Killdeer 2
Killdeer  1
Killdeer 1
Beavers, California Delta 13
Beavers, California Delta 13
Canada Geese  13
Canada Geese 13
Mallard Duck Family
Mallard Duck Family
Beavers, California Delta 14
Beavers, California Delta 14
Great Blue Heron  19
Great Blue Heron 19
Cormorant, Discovery Bay 2
Cormorant, Discovery Bay 2
Cormorant, Discovery Bay 3
Cormorant, Discovery Bay 3
Coot 4
Coot 4
Great Egret, 20
Great Egret, 20
White Tailed Kite  1
White Tailed Kite 1
White Tailed Kite  2
White Tailed Kite 2
Bird(?) on Cattail
Bird(?) on Cattail
Turtle, California Delta  8
Turtle, California Delta 8
Turtles, California Delta  9
Turtles, California Delta 9
Snowy Egret  18
Snowy Egret 18
Tern Fishing 3
Tern Fishing 3
Snowy Egret 20
Snowy Egret 20
Snowy Egrets  21
Snowy Egrets 21
Canada Geese  14
Canada Geese 14
Muskrat  2
Muskrat 2
Muskrat  3
Muskrat 3
Canada Geese  15
Canada Geese 15
Great Blue Heron  13
Great Blue Heron 13
Great Blue Heron  14
Great Blue Heron 14
Snowy Egret  23
Snowy Egret 23
Snowy Egret  24
Snowy Egret 24
Snowy Egret  25
Snowy Egret 25
Snowy Egret  26
Snowy Egret 26
Beaver, California Delta 14
Beaver, California Delta 14
Beaver, California Delta 15
Beaver, California Delta 15
Belted Kingfisher  3
Belted Kingfisher 3
Great Egret  21
Great Egret 21
Snowy Egret  27
Snowy Egret 27
Great Egret   23
Great Egret 23
Great Egret   24
Great Egret 24
River Otter, Indian Slough  3
River Otter, Indian Slough 3
River Otter, Indian Slough  4
River Otter, Indian Slough 4
Canada Geese Sunset  1
Canada Geese Sunset 1
Mallard Ducks  10
Mallard Ducks 10
Water Hyacinth  1
Water Hyacinth 1
Water Hyacinth  2
Water Hyacinth 2
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