Friday, August 2, 2013

Corte Madera, cont. - Jan. 12, 2013

Walking Distance: 3.2 mi. (estimate)
Walking Time: 1 hr., 34 min. (4:31 - 6:05 p.m.)
Start and End Point: parking lot, Corte Madera, CA

This late afternoon stroll turned into a hustle to get in before dark. This was great for photographing some items at sunset, but not so great for photographing birds.

I started this walk by heading north from The Village Shopping Center to the Bay Trail along the water, passing a small public parking lot (on Bay Trail map). I then passed more stores, including a BevMo, and a car wash.

I turned left on Industrial, and went up and over a combined pedestrian/bicycle overpass that led to a pedestrian/bicycle walkway on the west side of Highway 101. I walked down toward the Marin Rowing Center - turned left, then left again to pathway, past Marin Rowing, and kept following the asphalt trail until I reached the 3rd mast/flagpole (~ .5 mi.?), then turned around.

I started to walk under two big freeway underpasses (a cavernous cement cathedral space, that I'd photographed on my first walk around the bay). But, I turned around and walked back up, to the way I'd come, to Industrial, then taking the same way back to car (in the dark).

I took some really dark pictures of canvasback, teal ducks, a group of white egrets below, and lots of pictures of Mt. Tamalpais (some at, after sunset). Colored street and car lights lit up the foreground as Mt. Tam turned into a shapely silhouette.

Wildlife Sightings:
41 ducks (21 mallards, 11 canvasbacks, 8 teal, 1 bufflehead or duck with similar head); 32 coots; 8 black-necked stilts; 2 killdeer; 11 sea gulls; 1 turkey vulture; 8 little brown jobs (LBJs); 4 snowy egrets

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