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San Diego River

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!

Birding/Photo Project #5 & San Diego Workshop Images

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These images were created on the banks of the San Diego River, and at Cabrillo National Monument as part of the San Diego Workshop.   Having never photographed Wrentits, Little Blue Herons or California Towhees, this was a fun day.  California Towhee was a new bird for my life list as well.   The tally is now 33 species photographed and  467 to go.  

A Little Blue Heron pauses while searching for food along the San Diego River.

A Little Blue Heron pauses while searching for food along the San Diego River.

A basic/winter plumage Forster's Tern hanging out on the San Diego River.

A basic/winter plumage Forster's Tern hanging out on the San Diego River.

A Killdeer along the banks of the San Diego River.

A Killdeer along the banks of the San Diego River.

A Horned Lark searching for seeds along the San Diego River.

A Horned Lark searching for seeds along the San Diego River.

A Whimbrel searching for food along the San Diego River.

A Whimbrel searching for food along the San Diego River.

A California Towhee searching for seeds in the Cabrillo National Monument across the bay from San Diego.

A California Towhee searching for seeds in the Cabrillo National Monument across the bay from San Diego.

A Wrentit feeding in bushes in teh Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego CA.

A Wrentit feeding in bushes in teh Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego CA.