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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nerdy Birdy: Morongo Canyon

Thank goodness I went to bed early last night, 9:30pm YIKES, because this morning we woke up at 6:30 so we could get to the Morongo refuge early. I have been to this preserve twice before and I was hoping to show my parents the Long Eared Owls that I had seen. Sadly even though we looked and looked we couldn’t find them in the dense wood where they had been the previous summer.

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BIRDING CAN BE HARD WORK DADDY

We did however find a bunch of birds to take photos of. This Scrub Jay was pretty cooperative and let me get really close. I was happy with how the 7D camera handled the light and shadows much better than my old 50D.

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387. WESTERN SCRUB JAY

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I AM STANDING ABOUT 10 FEET AWAY FROM THIS SCRUB JAY AND LOOK AT THAT DETAIL – I LOVE YOU 500MM LENS

We also found a found a Northern Flicker out in the open which is pretty rare. Generally they like to hide in dense brush or they are SUPER high up in a tree.

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334. NORTHERN FLICKER

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334. NORTHERN FLICKER

There is a house on the edge of the preserve that has a bunch of bird feeders out. It draws quite a crowd so we hung out for a while snapping away.

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425. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

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548. DARK-EYED JUNCO

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455. CALIFORNIA THRASHER

On the way back toward the car we stopped for a minute. Mom had spotted the California Towhee. I was able to get a great shot.

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519. CALIFORNIA TOWHEE

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HOUSE FINCH

But as we were shooting there was a commotion. I turned to see a large light colored owl that I believe was a Barn owl swoop past. Never had I seen an owl this late in the morning. By then it was about 11:00. We spent time searching for it but we were not lucky enough to get a photo.

Lastly we found a Red Tailed Hawk male building a nest as his female watched from a nearby tree. He kept flying back and forth with sticks. I was a little shocked to find out they would be nesting so soon, I mean its January!

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127. RED TAILED HAWK

Then he flew over to his female to do what males and females do. Yea I got a shot but I was lucky it only took a minute. Bet she isn’t happy with that.

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RED TAILED HAWKS MATE

We left and we were starving. Daddy offered to drive (love you dad) because of all the driving I had already done.

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I LOVE MY DADDY

With him driving it left me free to snap photos of the pretty scenery.

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We stopped off at a local diner, because that was the only choice to eat, we are in the country. I was skeptical; it had a bunch of cowboy and Indian stuff out front and a big buffalo outside. I was pretty sure we were in trouble.

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I couldn’t be more right. The d├ęcor was country, rustic, guns and arrows hanging everywhere and about 30 animal heads graced the walls. There was chandeliers and stone mixed with gaudy leather…YACK! And then to top it off there was a fo-brothel upstairs. AWESOME.

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If there had be anywhere else to eat we would have left. At least the company was good.

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3 comments:

Jerry G said...

Great photos! I was thinking about getting the 500mm and from your comments about ti I may just have to bite the bullet and buy it.

paul peggy zeus said...

Yeah, we had fun, but I never thought I'd be bringing my daughter to a brothel house!! Oh My goodness!!

lilmansworld said...

wing! brothel! sounds like a bad saved by the bell movie haha

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