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Double-crested Cormorant

Expectations

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As photographers do we just go out and photograph what's there or do we expect to see certain birds in certain locations?  The habitat was right, the birds that I had photographed five times before in the same location were not there.  Why?  What changes, recent storms, climate change, who knows?  In the past two days, I have expected to see Lesser Scaup in one spot and Wood Ducks in another, and they just weren't there.  There were consolation prizes, though, Redhead ducks and Surf Scoters in Glorietta Bay and Phainopepla, Red-tailed Hawk, and Northern Harrier at Santee Lakes.  Today I think I'll just go out and see what I find!

Here are a couple of my favorite images from yesterday at Santee Lakes.

A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.

Enjoy    Thanks    Tim

Birding/Photo Project 2013 #3

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San Diego Workshop images!

I'll do a full post on the San Diego Workshop, but here are a few of the images taken during the workshop that are new species this year.  The  first  five were taken in La Jolla, and the last two were taken on Coronado.

Brown Pelican preening.  The uropygial or preen gland that contains the oil/waxy substance to waterproof and care for feathers is visible.
Brown Pelican preening. The uropygial or preen gland that contains the oil/waxy substance to waterproof and care for feathers is visible.
La Jolla California
La Jolla California
In January only a few birds will have the breeding plumage double crest.  Most of the Double-crested Cormorants were still in basic or winter plumage.
In January only a few birds will have the breeding plumage double crest. Most of the Double-crested Cormorants were still in basic or winter plumage.
Ruddy Turnstone in basic or winter plumage foraging for lunch on the rocky La Jolla coast.
Ruddy Turnstone in basic or winter plumage foraging for lunch on the rocky La Jolla coast.

Ruddy Turnstone in basic or winter plumage foraging for lunch on the rocky La Jolla coast.

A Royal Tern waiting to fish the incoming tide.
A Royal Tern waiting to fish the incoming tide.
Winter or basic plumage Horned Grebe hanging out in the marina at Coronado.
Winter or basic plumage Horned Grebe hanging out in the marina at Coronado.
Lesser Scaup just after diving for food in the marina on Coronado.
Lesser Scaup just after diving for food in the marina on Coronado.