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Black-crowned Night Heron. Cheetah enclosure, Wild Animal Park, San Diego, CA. February 2003. Sony Mavica. This heron was hanging around the cheetah enclosure during the feeding, waiting for the bits of hamburger that the cheetahs left behind. Obviously not an inmate, but a visitor to the park.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
We went birding at the Tijuana Estuary yesterday. It was supposed to be a rainy day, but instead we had bright sunshine! It was a great day. We saw (in no particular order--a new bird for this beginning birder is marked by an asterisk *): redbreasted merganser, american wigeon*, great blue heron, great egret, snowy egret, brown pelican, redwinged blackbird, northern harrier* (male & female), long billed curlew, willets, mallards (male and female), song sparrow, seagulls (of course) of indeterminate type, marbled godwit, western meadowlark, loggerhead shrike*, a savannah sparrow (Belding's?)*, several lizards, two jackrabbits and two small mice. There were also some finches that may have been purple finches. And a myriad of sparrows and other small brown birds that wouldn't stay still long enough for me to figure them out. A great day!
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Northern Harrier, male and magnificent whirlybird. Tijuana Estuary NWR, San Diego, CA. Feb 2005. We were there on a Friday, when the helicopter training at the adjacent base is in full blast! Sundays the helicopters don't fly, but we wanted to take advantage of the weather.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Possible Cassin's Kingbird. East Grove, Torrey Pines State Park, San Diego, CA. Feb 2005. Canon 10D. I took several pictures of this bird, at the extreme range of my 300MM zoom. The overall grayness of the day made it hard for me to even manually focus on this bird at that range. Looking through all the pics, and knowing that the yellow belly and dark tail were quite striking--it's what caught my eye and made me take the picture--and after pouring over my bird books for what seemed like hours, Cassin's Kingbird is my best guess. Boy, Cassin has a lot of birds named after him/her? Who was Cassin? More research to follow...