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Bird Quest 2014 #5

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Little Blue Heron San Diego River.
Little Blue Heron San Diego River.

It's a little strange to go birding and do some bird photography in a dog park.  But the San Diego River estuary and a dog park co-exist.  For the past two years I've been able to photograph Little Blue Herons there.  For me it's a special bird I don't get to see very often. These images were made on January 10th.

Greater Yellowlegs resting.
Greater Yellowlegs resting.
Long-billed Curlew stretching a wing.
Long-billed Curlew stretching a wing.
Willet alternating between resting and preening.
Willet alternating between resting and preening.
Dunlin foraging at the  edges of a pond.
Dunlin foraging at the edges of a pond.
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Blue-winged Teal resting on a rock just under the  water line.
Blue-winged Teal resting on a rock just under the water line.

We finished the workshop back at Scripp's Beach.  Saw more Marbles Goswits, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Phoebe, Whimbrel and had a fantastic sunset  One of my favorite images is this on of the underside of the pier.  It was much darker then the exposure indicates the sun was  well down during this exposure.

Scripp's Beach Pier after sunset, a 25 second exposure.
Scripp's Beach Pier after sunset, a 25 second exposure.

Good Birding!

Photo/Birding Project 2013

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Photographic Big Year Update It's been pointed out to me that really I'm doing a photographic big year, so I think I'll just call it that.  This posting will put me at 95 birds this year.  A far cry from where I thought I would be at this point.  So, this week I'm going to go try to re-focus.  The attached nine birds were seen around Grays Harbor last week.

Red Knot, Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA with Short-billed Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers.
Red Knot, Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA with Short-billed Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers.

There was only  one Red Knot in the group of shorebirds I was close to on this day.

Short-billed Dowitcher feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA
Short-billed Dowitcher feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA
Greater Yellowlegs actively feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA.
Greater Yellowlegs actively feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA.

Some days the fog never burns off, but when a Greater Yellowlegs walks by as it's fishing, it's still a great day!

Osprey, Brady Loop Road
Osprey, Brady Loop Road

Same day on the way home, I stopped at Brady Loop Road and was able to get a few images of this Osprey with nesting materail in its talons.

Dunlin in breeding plumage, feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA
Dunlin in breeding plumage, feeding at Bottle Beach State Park, Grays Harbor, WA
Canada Goose flying over Bowerman Basin, Garys Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Canada Goose flying over Bowerman Basin, Garys Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Rock Sandpiper North Jetty, Ocean Shores , WA
Rock Sandpiper North Jetty, Ocean Shores , WA
Wandering Tattler, North Jetty, Ocean Shores, WA in breeding plumage
Wandering Tattler, North Jetty, Ocean Shores, WA in breeding plumage
Breeding plumage Surfbird on teh North Jetty, Ocean Shores, WA.
Breeding plumage Surfbird on teh North Jetty, Ocean Shores, WA.