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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!

Birding/Photo Project #7 & San Diego Workshop Images

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Brandt's Cormorant on its nightly roost.
Brandt's Cormorant on its nightly roost.

Twelve birds from the  last day of the San Diego workshop. These images chronicle the last day of the San Diego Workshop  (January 11th). This brings me to 50 for the month. But more than the numbers,  it's the great expeiences I've had.  The surpise of seeing and spending time with the Little Blue Heron, the Snowy Plover, Wrentit, California Towhee, and the Brown Creeper.  The very animated Snowy Egret were all special moments and why I want to continue to spend as much time as possible with birds.

Adult Heermann's Gull roosting on the La Jolla cliffs.
Adult Heermann's Gull roosting on the La Jolla cliffs.
A yellow-rumped Warbler feeding.
A yellow-rumped Warbler feeding.
Song Sparrow feeding in the  bushes at a park on the La Jolla coast.
Song Sparrow feeding in the bushes at a park on the La Jolla coast.
The ubiquitous Rock Pigeon, looking for handouts in La Jolla.
The ubiquitous Rock Pigeon, looking for handouts in La Jolla.
Marbled Godwit at Coronado Beach.
Marbled Godwit at Coronado Beach.
Wintering Snowy Plover on the beaches south of Coronado.
Wintering Snowy Plover on the beaches south of Coronado.
Willet on the beaches south of Coronado looking for food  in the incoming tide.
Willet on the beaches south of Coronado looking for food in the incoming tide.
Winter plumage Western Sandpiper, foraging for food on the beache south of Coronado.
Winter plumage Western Sandpiper, foraging for food on the beache south of Coronado.
Black-bellied Plover in winter plumage hanging out in Coronado.
Black-bellied Plover in winter plumage hanging out in Coronado.
Semipalmated Plover hanging out on the Coronado beach waiting for a low tide so it can forage for food.
Semipalmated Plover hanging out on the Coronado beach waiting for a low tide so it can forage for food.
Black Phoebe on the beach near La Jolla Beach.
Black Phoebe on the beach near La Jolla Beach.