Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Wild Turkeys 

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Anonymous ARBaboon said...

Are these wild? Wild turkeys come through our yard a few times a year but any noise sets them running. We would never get so close.

November 27, 2008 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Yes, they are wild. We had one at our house once but it flew away, across the lake as soon as we opened the door. A neighbor on the other side of the lake feeds the wild turkeys and we took these photos on a morning walk. There are 10 or 15 in the area that don't seem so skittish.

November 27, 2008 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should keep these away from Sarah Palin.

November 27, 2008 at 2:55 PM  

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lesser Scaup

Male Scaup 

Scaups 


Photos of Lesser Scaups from Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Great Egret

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White Heron 

Photos of Great Egrets from Bolsa Chica

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The top one with the black bill is a Snowy Egret. It is smaller than the Great Egret which is seen below with the yellow bill.

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Northern Shovelers

Northern Shovelers 

Northern Shoveler 

Male Northern Shoveler 

Female Northern Shoveler 


Northern Shovelers at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Redheaded Ducks

Redheaded Ducks 


It took us a while to identify this duck with a red head. It turns out that it is called a Redheaded Duck. Here is a handsome male with two females from Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

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Spotted towhee

Spotted towhee 


This Spotted towhee could use a pedicure.

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Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird 


Photo of a Western Kingbird from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that is it. We saw one at a rest stop on June 5,2014. We were travelling on the I5, and were a hundred or more miles from Grapevine. Its breast was pure yellow, and it had flown into a tall tree. I did not hear it sing. I saw no other Kingbirds. It was afternoon.

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Red-Breasted Mergansers

Red-breasted merganser 

Mergansers 



We saw a few red-breasted mergansers at Bolsa Chica. There were many more females (top) than males. The red-breasted mergansers are about the same size as the common mergansers and much larger than the hooded mergansers.

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Gadwall

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Gadwall from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Ruddy Ducks

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Ruddy Ducks at Bolsa Chica

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American Coot

 


Maybe it's the 70 degree weather and sunshine, but this coot photo from Huntington Beach came out better than the one on Lake Nelson.

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Black Pheobe

 


Black Pheobe from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine

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American Widgeon

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Male American Widgeon 

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American Widgeons from Bolsa Chica.

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Surf Scooter at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Surf Scooter 

Female Surf Scooter 

Fancy Ducks 


Chris spotted the male (top) and female Surf Scooters when they were on the other side of the bay. They joined up with some scaups and came close enough for Mike to get a few photos.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Female Bufflehead at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Female Bufflehead

Here is a photo of a female bufflehead. Isn't she a cutie?

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Cormorants at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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Cormorants  


Many cormormants were out yesterday morning fishing in the bay.

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Cinnamon Teals at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Two male cinnamon teals 

Male and Female Cinnamon Teals 



Here are some photos of Cinnamon Teals.

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Anna's Hummingbird from Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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Annas hummingbird


We like this hummingbird photo better than the one we took yesterday.

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Snowy Egret having breakfast at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Egret Fishing 

Egret Eating Fish 

Snowy Egret 

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We were lucky to get these photos of a snowy egret eating a fish.

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Kingfisher at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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California Brown Pelicans Fishing in Bolsa Chico Bay

Pelican Diving 

Brown Pelican 


At sunrise, the pelicans are very active at Bolsa Chica Wetlands. There is a footbridge that crosses the bay and the pelicans dive for fish splashing the photographers on the bridge.

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Kestrel having lunch at San Joaquin Wildlife Reserve

 


Chris spotted a Kestrel having lunch the one time that Mike let us sit still.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Western Grebe at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Western Grebe

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands are a restored habitat in Huntington Beach, California. Here is a photo of a Western Grebe. It is at least twice the size of the pied-billed grebe we occasionally see in New Jersey.

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Anna's Hummingbird at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
These hummingbird photos of the same Anna's Hummingbird show how its coloring changes at different angles.

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American White Pelican at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Pelican
Pelican in Flight
Pelicans Fishing
American White Pelican

The American White Pelican does not dive for food like the brown pelican. It feeds while swimming. We were surprised to see a group of pelicans fishing together.

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Snowy Egret at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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