Due to our location on numerous waterways, we are very fortunate in Sacramento to have some wonderful wildlife refuge areas near us, both north and south of downtown. One of my favorite is the Consumnes River Preserve. It consists of approximately 45,859 acres of wildlife habitat and agricultural lands owned by seven land-owning Partners. Its floodplains and riparian habitat are buffered by a variety of agricultural operations, and for photographers, it is a great place to shoot images of many kinds of wildlife, including birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway.
Having just taken a bird photography workshop last weekend, I headed out before dawn the next day to see what I could do with just my 55 - 300 mm lens, and I was please by a few of the shots, especially of the beautiful Swainson's Hawks. Enjoy!