Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pond Park, Murrieta

Least Bittern

We visited Pond Park because a family of Least Bitterns had been reported. We only saw one, but it was quite entertaining hoping among the reeds. We also saw a few Ruddy Ducks and Wood ducks.

Ruddy Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Friday, July 15, 2016

Black Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher

Here's a photo of a black oystercatcher from Del Rey Lagoon. I'm not sure what he caught.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Bolsa Chica: Rails, Skimmers, and more

Stopped by Bolsa Chica last weekend since the Ridgeway Rails chicks have hatched. With a little patience and a little luck, I was able to find a family.

Ridgeway Rail Chick

Ridgeway Rail with Chick

The black skimmers were out and for the first time at this spot, I saw some skimming.

Black Skimmer

It's hard to resist the reddish egrets.

Reddish Egret

A few American Pelicans were out.

American White Pelican

An osprey was flying overhead too

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Big Sur: California Condors

We booked a trip to Big Sur to look for California condors. We stayed at the Ventana Inn and the first afternoon we saw one flying overhead while sitting out on our balcony. Two days later, we went out with the Ventana Wildlife Society and after some time, Chris spotted three flying high overhead.

California Condor

California Condor

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Burrowing Owl

Baby burrowing owl

We went back to Salton Sea in hopes of spotting some baby burrowing owls. We saw a few nests, and several smallish owls. Then Chris spotted this baby owl alone. We did see and hear several adult owls nearby. We left for a while and when we returned it was gone, so we are hopeful it found its burrow.

Burrowing Owl

Here's some photos of some of the adults.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Back to Prado

We always post pictures of vermilon flycatchers when we go to Prado.

I'll start with the green heron instead

Green heron

But the vermilion flycatcher was there, and it's hard not to photograph.

Vermillion flycatcher