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One of my favorite places for a weekend getaway is the Estero Beach Hotel, south of Ensenada, in Baja California. The hotel overlooks a large estuary (thus its name), which is guaranteed to have abundant bird photo opportunities. This was... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Photo ABCs
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A Lincoln's Sparrow, photographed in July of last year, near the Trail of 100 Giants in Sequoia National Forest. A juvenile Red-breasted Sapsucker, photographed a few minutes later. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Photo ABCs
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Birds photographed at the Salton Sea in August of last year. Black-necked Stilt: Common Ground Dove Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Photo ABCs
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These three birds were photographed from my car one September morning at the Salton Sea last year. Sora: Ridgway's Rail. This bird was dashing from one set of reeds to another. I was pleased to get a shot of it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Photo ABCs
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Two small birds photographed at South Coast Botanic Garden in Rancho Palos Verdes, in September of last year. The Chestnut-sided Warbler here is either female or an immature male. They are typically only found in the eastern half of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Photo ABCs
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Burrowing Owls, photographed near the Salton Sea, in July, August, and September of last year. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Photo ABCs
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Even in the summer heat the Salton Sea is abundant with bird life. At sunset, the temperature might still be over 100 degrees, but photo opportunities still present themselves. These photos were all taken one evening in July of last... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Photo ABCs
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A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, photographed at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in February of last year. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Photo ABCs
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Cactus Wrens, photographed near the Anza-Borrego visitor center in December of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Northern Mockingbird, photographed in December of last year near the Anza Borrego State Park visitor center. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Greater Roadrunner, photographed near the Anza-Borrego Visitors Center on the same December afternoon as in yesterday's post: Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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The Black-tailed Gnatcatcher is a common Southwest desert bird. It tends to forage within shrubs and moves about, so, while I have pictures of the bird, I usually don't get many successful ones per attempt. One December afternoon last year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Great Egret, photographed from a kayak on Lake Hodges, Escondido, California, in July of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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Another Lawrence's Goldfinch. As one field guide states, Lawrence's Goldfinches are "uncommon, elusive, unpredictable." Here is one at Lake Hemet, photographed in June of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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Yesterday's photo of a Black Phoebe was taken on a stretch of road in Chino, California, next to a golf course. Here are three more birds from the same April morning, on the same road. Female Vermilion Flycatcher: House Wren:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Black Phoebe, photographed in Chino, California in April of last year. Another, photographed a week later near the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, near Hemet, California. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Wood Duck glides through the water at Lindo Lake. Photographed in March of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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The California Tortoiseshell butterfly is found through most of the western United States. Here is one perched on the handrail of a pedestrian bridge near the top of the Palm Springs Tramway in the San Jacinto Mountains. Photographed in June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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Lindo Lake, in Lakeside, California, has a breeding colony of Black-crowned Night-Herons. These were photographed in August of last year. An adult: A group of juveniles: Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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Silhouettes of a California Towhee. Photographed after sunset at Lake Hodges, in Escondido, California, in September of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Peregrine Falcon, photographed at the San Joaquin Marsh in September of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Killdeer takes a look around at the San Diego River Estuary. Photographed in March of last year. Another Killdeer preens its tailfeathers. Photographed at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area in August of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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A Snowy Egret fishes for its dinner. Photographed at the San Diego River Estuary in January of last year. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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The Salton Sea is one of the premier birding sites in California, and I am fortunate to be able to visit it regularly. Here are photos from one morning in October of last year. American Kestrel. Most kestrels are very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Photo ABCs
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The Vermilion Flycatcher is the bird that sparked my interest in bird photography twelve years ago. Here is an immature male, photographed in November of last year at Hacienda Tepetzala, in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico: A female, photographed in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Photo ABCs