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Monday, January 11, 2010

Bird Brain: Bolsa Chica Conservatory

I showed up at Bolsa Chica today for two purposes. I wanted to play with my new tripod that I got for Christmas and I wanted to see if I could find the owl roosting in the tree that I learned he likes to hang in.

As I walked across the bridge a fellow birder pointed out the American Bittern hiding in the shrubbery. He is super hard to find because he makes almost no noise and does not move very often or very much. I sat there for about two hours talking to the other birders while we waited for his head to appear. I was lucky to catch this great shot.

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92.AMERICAN BITTERN

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92.AMERICAN BITTERN

Unfortunately I hiked all the way to the back of the park and did not see the owl again. I did spend some time examining the surrounding area and found some white wash and pellets that looked pretty recent.

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OWL PELLET

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OWL PELLET

Although the owl was not there again I did FINALLY manage to get a shot of the Western Meadow Lark male with his full yellow breast and necklace in full view. Granted this is the ONLY shot I got before he flitted away but I did get it. Generally when I do get a shot of the meadowlark it is with only a small part of yellow showing.

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569.WESTERN MEADOW LARK

I also spent some time today taking photos of a Reddish Egret hunting. They have a sporadic hunting style where they flap out their wings as if to scare the fish they way they want. I was TRYING to get a great shot with a fish in his mouth but I only managed an ok shot (see the last photo).

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99.REDDISH EGRET

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99.REDDISH EGRET

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99.REDDISH EGRET

I love to watch birds fly in their V formation. Here are Canadian Geese coming in for the evening.

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7.CANADA GOOSE

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