CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

California quail

Big telephoto lenses can magnify birds that are too easily spooked to photograph up close. Here, a California quail — California's state bird — shows off his distinctive plume at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

American avocets at sunrise

American avocets at sunrise in the low-tide mudflats in San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

A ruddy turnstone looks for tasty tidbits among the rocks on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio. The bird got its name from the way it flips stones over to find food.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Hunting Forster's tern

A Forster's tern looks for fish to snatch from the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

The massive objective lens at the business end of Canon's 600mm supertelephoto lens will draw stares from curious passersby. But even a lens this size — it's about 2 feet long with its protective lens hood attached — can't magnify tiny or distant birds as much as a photographer would like.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Brandt's cormorant

A Brandt's cormorant, a bird that dives underwater to feed on fish, flies above the Pacific Ocean.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

A great horned owl shows fierce yellow eyes in Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Four ducks eight sunspots

Four ducks are silhouetted against the sun, complete with a handful of sunspots, rising over the San Francisco Bay. This shot illustrates just how much reach you can get with a 600mm telephoto lens with a 1.4x extender.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Well-fed common murre

A common murre gobbles a fish in the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Common murre over Pacific

A group of common murre fly above the Pacific Ocean.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Great blue heron

A great blue heron snatches breakfast out of San Francisco Bay estuary in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Plunging brown pelican

A brown pelican plunges bill-first into San Francisco Bay.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Red-tailed hawk

A red-tailed hawk looks for prey from a treetop perch in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Chestnut-sided warbler

A chestnut-sided warbler looks upward at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Barn swallow on concertina wire

A barn swallow perches atop some concertina wire near the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Wading western gull

A western gull wades through the Pacific Ocean waves at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Singing black phoebe

A black phoebe, a type of flycatcher, sings in the morning in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Flying great egret in Ohio

A great egret flies over Magee Marsh in Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Freeloading great egret

A great egret catches a draft from a formation of American white pelicans headed out for a day's hunting on the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Bald eagle

Magee Marsh is home to a few bald eagle nests. The eagles mostly prey on fish in nearby marshes or Lake Erie.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Thousands of common murre

Common murre roost by the thousand on the Farallon Islands 32 miles west of San Francisco. It's not a sight you'll see on the mainland, where foxes, coyotes, cats, rats and other predators eat birds and eggs.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Western bluebird at dawn

A western bluebird perches on a plant in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Waking American avocets

American avocets wake up in the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

A palm warbler perches in the sun at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Nashville warbler

A Nashville warbler looks for insects to eat in a tree at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Birding in Oakland

CNET's Stephen Shankland photographs birds on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Published:
Photo by: John Kim/CNET

Pigeon guillemot

Big telephoto lenses help photograph birds such as this pigeon guillemot, but it's hard to frame them when the birds are flying fast, and the bigger the magnification, the harder the framing.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Magnolia warbler

A magnolia warbler perches at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio's Biggest Week in American Birding event. Birders will recognize this as the species on the cover of the popular Sibley Guide to Birds.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

American avocet

A resting American avocet on the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Black-throated green warbler

A black-throated green warbler perches in Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland

Canada goose chicks

Canada geese are abundant in the US, but they like Magee Marsh, too. Here some goslings swim in the marsh's waters.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Western sandpiper

A western sandpiper pokes through the shallow water for food in the San Francisco Bay.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Cooper's hawk

Suburban birders might recognize the Cooper's hawk — especially since they often stalk smaller birds near birdfeeders.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

American avocet at Palo Alto

An American avocet comes in for a landing in the shallows of the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Black-throated green warbler

A black-throated green warbler at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Tufted puffin at takeoff

A tufted puffin takes off from the Pacific Ocean water near the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Attacking black-crowned night heron

A black-crowned night heron attacks prey in the shallows of San Francisco Bay at dawn in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

A killdeer with a distinctive red-ringed eye stands reflected in the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Black and white warbler

A black and white warbler at Magee Marsh in Northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

A white-crowned sparrow atop a fencepost in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Urban song sparrow

You don't need to be miles away from civilization to see birds. This song sparrow was singing vigorously in the middle of San Francisco.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Great egret at Magee Marsh

A great egret lurks motionlessly in some brush, waiting for fish or frogs to come near.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Black-throated blue warbler

A black-throated blue warbler looks over its shoulder.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Great blue heron

A great blue heron strides through Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Caspian tern

A Caspian tern flies over the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Northern shoveler in the muck

A northern shoveler duck, so named because it shovels its bill through the muck to find food, waddles through low-tide mudflats of San Francisco Bay estuary in Palo Alto, California.

Published:
Photo by: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

CNET reporter Stephen Shankland photographing birds on San Francisco Bay with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera, Canon EF 1.4x III teleconverter, Canon EF 600mm F4/L IS II lens, Gitzo tripod, and Wimberley WH200 tripod head.

Published:
Photo by: Levi Konrad-Shankland

REVIEW

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

he Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Hot Products