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Bird Quest 2014 #3

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
Dawn at La Jolla
Dawn at La Jolla

A side benefit of birding and bird photography is the mornings.  Getting up before dawn, watching the day begin, the light on the horizon changes from black to blues, then from blues to lavendar and pink.  Mornings are special, dawn and birds awaken and there's just something tranquil and peaceful about mornings.

I've heard that there have been resident peregrines at the La Jolla caves, but never been lucky enough to see them until this year.  There was a lot of commotion amongst the birders and photographers when this female came in with a Rock Pigeon.  There was also a juvenile female close-by, but mom wasn't sharing very much this morning.

A female Peregrine Falcon in a pine tree.
A female Peregrine Falcon in a pine tree.

Western Gulls and Heerman's Gulls are always flying around and hanging out with the pelicans in La Jolla.

A Western Gull flys by to see if anyone will feed it.
A Western Gull flys by to see if anyone will feed it.
A Heermann's Gull not yet in full breeding plumage.
A Heermann's Gull not yet in full breeding plumage.

After a morning in La Jolla we went down to Coronado in the late afternoon to see if we could find some scaup, grebes or other sea birds in the harbor.  There were a few coots around and a few gulls but the grebes weren't very cooperative this year.

A Lesser Scaup near Coronado, CA.
A Lesser Scaup near Coronado, CA.

Good birding everyone!