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Bird Quest 2014 #3

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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!

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.