Animal sightings at Pinnacles National Monument, California

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Real Estate Agent with Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) 01338415

I had the pleasure of hiking at the Pinnacles National Monument.  I took many pictures that weekend, and thought I would post some of the animal life that I was able to catch on film!  Or, well, in digital life!

Pinnacles

Hiking through the caves to the reservoir, I was able to capture garter snakes in the plants along the shorelines...    There seemed to be dozens.  Maybe due to the frogs that also hide in the plants.

Garter Snake

Along the shorelines are dragonflies like this along with damselflies...  The difference is dragonfly wings stay sticking out, whereas damslefly's wings fold back along the body.

Dragon Fly

This little lizard with seen up near the high peaks, on the trail.

Lizard

This large wasp with red wings is several inches long.  It is called a tarantula hawk, and feasts on spiders and the many tarantula species that roam the park.  It was also seen on the High Peaks Trail.

tarantula hawk

This is a California Condor, re-released here in the park.  With a 10 foot wingspan, they are majestic to see flying.  This was seen along with many others up on the high peaks trail.

California Condor

This deer was seen near the campsites.

Deer in the meadow

There is a tree behind the pool near the day use area, where the turkey vultures seem to roost for the night.  So head over there in the evening and see the dozens upon dozens that are hanging out there for the night.

Turkey Vultures

When I just arrived at the park, I saw this little fella hanging out on the side of the road.  (Wild Turkey) 

Turkey

This acorn woodpecker was spotted near the Bear Gulch Visitors Center near the day use area hiding acorns, and rearranging them to new places in the tree.

Acorn Woodpecker

This appears to be a desert cottontail rabbit, seen hanging around the campsites, not afraid of people.

Rabbit

This little squirrel was just hanging around the campgrounds.

Squirrel

Now there are so many I didn't get pictures of...  I didn't get pictures of the raccoons, the red tailed hawk I saw, some small rodents, and various birds.

If you visit Pinnacles National Monument, don't forget your camera!

-Chris Alston

 

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Comments (34)

Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Awesome photos, Chris.  Whenever I hear people in other parts of the country talk down about California, I usually don't say anything.  I just smile and think about all of the places such as the one you've documented here.  There are not many other places in the world with our diversity in geography, wildlife and accessibility to all of it.  Nicely done.

Aug 09, 2011 03:51 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Rob!  I try to get out as much as possible!

Aug 09, 2011 03:55 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Heh, most of that seems to be running around my backyard (No Condors, of course).

Nice photos, btw.

Aug 09, 2011 04:44 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Chris, you got SO many spectacular shots, I can't pick my favorite!  How much fun you had--I wanna be there with you (well, I feel like I was with all of these). The snake photo is a hard one to capture, so I appreciate that one and you spelled "garter" right, so often people call them the wrong name.

The wasp I've never seen--cool and icky at the same time. The turkey vultures are HUGE, we have them here. Nature's recyclers! Good shot of the that woodpecker, too.

I can tell you have a passion for nature and being outdoors as much as I do. Love it!

Aug 09, 2011 06:35 AM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

HI Chris, great photos!  My favorite is still the condor;)  Thanks for sharing your adventure..

Aug 09, 2011 09:38 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I really like the bunny, Chris!  I am often amazed at the plethora of wildlife that shares my path when I'm out and about! 

Aug 09, 2011 09:57 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Chris, You got some amazing photos! The turkey vultures are cool.  Just be careful with the rattlers...they are good at camouflaging.

Aug 09, 2011 10:39 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Chris, I loved all the animal wildlife photos. It has be such a pleasure to see all this while hiking the trails. Great shots.

Aug 09, 2011 11:00 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Than!

Aug 09, 2011 11:18 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Gayle!  Come with me!  :)

That wasp was pretty big, and buzzed around me alot...  I had to take 5 or 6 pictures to get a good shot with my sucky camera!  :)

Aug 09, 2011 11:18 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Erika!

Aug 09, 2011 11:19 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Myrl...  Sometimes we forget to look around and see em all!

Aug 09, 2011 11:19 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Michael - I know!!!  I wear big boots, and always have a walking stick with me.  Not necessarily for walking, but to appear bigger if I run across cougars or bears and the like.  :)

Aug 09, 2011 11:20 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks William, I wish I had a better camera, but I make do!

Aug 09, 2011 11:21 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Chris, That is a great hike, you got to see many wonderful creatures and take their photos!  I love the shot of the flying Condor! 

Aug 09, 2011 03:24 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Tony!!!  :)

Aug 09, 2011 06:14 PM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Chris, isn't it amazing the beautiful creatures you can see if you are only aware of your surroundings? Many would take that same walk and not see one of these.  You captured some great shots and I enjoyed.  Thank you!

Aug 09, 2011 10:51 PM
EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

I’ve been there! There are a couple of great state parks on the other side of 101, especially Pfeiffer State Park. Didn’t see Michelle when I went, and believe me, I was looking for her. lol

Aug 10, 2011 10:22 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Judith!!!!  :)  So true!

Aug 10, 2011 06:38 PM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Eric - I will have to check out some of that stuff!!  :)  I didn't see her either!

Aug 10, 2011 06:40 PM