Saturday, October 9, 2010

California Clapper Rail


California Clapper Rail
California Clapper Rail
 

Mike was pretty lucky this week. On a business trip to California, he woke up on East Coast time and made it to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. There's a boardwalk over a marsh and a small stream where the endangered California Clapper Rail has been known to live. As the sun was rising, one came out of the marsh and slowly walked along the stream. It was out for at least 20 minutes, mostly when it was too dark to get a good photo but came close enough for a flash photo or two.

We've been pretty lucky with related birds recently, having spotted a Virginia rail in Irvine and a Sora and Least Bittern in Cape May.

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Ring necked pheasant

Ring necked pheasant

Ring necked pheasant

Ring necked pheasant

Mike was also surprised by these pheasants at Palo Alto Baylands Preserve.

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More Birds from Laguna Beach


Hummingbird
Hummingbird


Wrentit
Wrentit

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More Ducks from Irvine, CA


Juvenile
Juvenile Green-winged Teal

Duck
Cinnamon Teal

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Common Yellowthroat and Hummingbirds: Hotel Montage in Laguna Beach, CA

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Birds from San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary: Irvine, CA

Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail
Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose

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