Friday, June 10, 2011


Baby Tree Swallow (we think)

This was weird. A mother duck and her 6 ducklings were resting on our floating island. A cormorant also likes sunning himself there so he jumped up to join them. The mother sheltered the babies but they shared the island for a few minues.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Falcons" at the Montage in Laguana Beach


Our daughter Lynn graduated with her Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine this weekend. We stayed at the Montage in nearby Laguana Beach. The grounds and views from the hotel are stunning. The hotel also hires a falconeer to keep the seagulls and pigeons away. We didn't bring our birding gear, but got some nice photos of the birds of prey with our "people" camera.

Elephant seals

On our last day, we were thrilled to see two rehabilitated elephant seals being released.
Blogger Patrick R said...

I'm sorry that this is unrelated to the topic of the post, but I couldn't find an email address and have a question you might be able to help me answer. I occasionally see a particular type bird around marshy areas near the coasts of north and south Jersey. It looks a lot like a snowy egret, except its feathers are a very dark gray (nearly black) all over its body. I can't find any matches on and was hoping you might be able to help identify it. I'm stumped.

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