Half a million acres of California rice fields provide the highest quality rice to the world market, feeding not only millions of people but also millions waterfowl that migrate to and through our great state. As I write this the table is being set. Rice is being harvested with some rice being left in the fields. The fields are then flooded--an invitation to ducks, geese, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors and a wide variety of insects and invertebrates.
I recently visited one such banquet in Sutter County. Here is some of what I saw.
Phil Robertson is a photographer and nature enthusiast from Lincoln. He provides travel, scenic and wildlife photos to private collectors, wildlife artists, various non-profits, environmental consulting companies, travel companies and local and regional publications and corporations.