Merced NWR with Dave

This post is a bit late, but that night I started to get chills/sick, so I went to bed. Anyway, I’m still ‘kicking’, other than a nagging cough (again). Dave Miller wanted to visit the Merced NWR and since I practically live there, well maybe just once a week, I was the unofficial guide for the day. We met at Denny’s in Atwater under a blanket of fog….go figure. We drove out to the refuge and I hopped in to his car and made the loop. The conditions could be better, so as we ended the loop we made another loop, this time I drove. By that time the fog was starting to burn off and we got some better photos, at least he did. We decided to not drive over to the San Luis NWR so we parted. I went back home and set up my ‘Matenkosky NWR’ and Dave drove the loop again!

Dave Miller

Black-necked Stilt

Cooper's Hawk

Dave Chimping

Back at the ‘Matenkosky NWR’
Dark-eyed Junco - "Oregon Junco"

Dark-eyed Junco - "Oregon Junco"

White-crowned Sparrow

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Once again… Enjoyable!!

    Props to Dave for using a lens like that without a tripod 🙂


  2. He had a monopod and used it when we took a short hike. Thanks Patti. 🙂


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