Excited terns screeched all-day long & flashed by like racing white blurs. We went to the footbridge area, which was saved from development (beginning) in 1976, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is now a blessing to birders with cameras, binoculars and the naked eye.
Effort and persistence were the rules of the day, mixed in with a little "luck." The birds were reticent and you had to be quick to get some prize shots. Fast shutter speeds of 1/1000 second were used, and 400 ISO when the day finally turned bright and sunny.
Sue Craft observed the Tern… after diving for a fish, (darn, she missed that photo) caught him mid-air, making a couple round trips to deliver a fish to “mom” on the nest. Hmmmm… unless it was mom catching breakfast for dad sitting on the nest!
Bruce and Diane Cable saw:
- Canada Geese, brown pelicans, terns, herons, Ibis, egrets, coots, sandpipers as well as red-winged blackbirds.
- Several birds of prey, duck, gulls, pigeons, sparrows and doves were in abundance.
- Plovers, Willet, Stitls, Skimmers & Dowitcher were among those seen as well as were Godwit with their dark-tipped beaks.
- See photos for exact names and species.
"Bolsa Chica is one of the premier birding locations in Southern CA." The drive is only about 90 minutes, so go 'see what you can see' soon.
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