Monday, January 19, 2009

A Walk at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Great Blue Heron from behind. Golden morning light flooding the pickleweed at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

Don't have much to say on this one. So many great birds, it was hard to choose which ones to post. I am late posting these pictures. This is a walk I took early in the morning at the end of December. It was a beautiful morning.

A rare Redhead.

Blue-winged Teals heading up the "river."

Great Blue Heron posing.

Silhouette of a Northern Harrier hunting.

Ring-billed Gull. "Very interesting."

Male Anna's Hummingbird on Patrol

Great Egret balancing on the fence.

White-crowned Sparrows chased the Anna's Hummingbird away temporarily.

Ring-Billed Gull--First Winter.

The Snow-capped Mountains far off in the distance reflected in the water at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Male Bufflehead between dives.

The Marbled Godwits and Willets seem to be standing by little stones. But what looks like stones are actually lots and lots of little Western Sandpipers. Click on the picture for a closer look.

American Coot floats and forages.

Aw, what a wonderful morning! And filled with lots of wonderful birds. I kind of felt like this American Coot. Just floating through the day and chilling. Another fine day of birding in Orange County.

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