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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Morro Bay 2012

We recently spent several days at Morro Bay State Park meeting up with some of of our Lazy Daze Motorhome friends.  I spent some time wandering along the edge of the slough and tidal flat parts of Morro Bay and was able to photograph  several shore birds.


I don't remember seeing Canada Geese in this area before.



Lots of Turkey Vultures around



This curlew was planning on crab for lunch.



Cormorant flying by



Greater Yellow-legs



I like how the reflection highlights the stones under the water.



This little Pie-billed Grebe was having fish for lunch.



A Great Blue Heron works on a nest



We found a few sea otters near Morro Rock in the entrance channel to the harbor.



I believe that this is a Red-shouldered Hawk.



A Snowy Egret waiting for lunch to swim by.



A tern just after catching its lunch



A tern trying to catch its lunch



The bee was a "happy accident".  I didn't even notice it when I was shooting the flower.



This Peregrine Falcon was eating something in a hollow on the side of the cliff at Montana de Oro State Park.



There were three Peregrine Falcons (possibly two males and one female) interacting fairly high up in the sky.  I'm guessing that it was some form of courtship behavior.







Great Egret





"dancing" willet



Wading curlew



Gotta scratch that itch!



White-crowned Sparrow portrait



A first for me, a Brant Goose



Marbled Godwit



A fearless Great Blue Heron


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ojai Raptor Center

The Ojai Raptor Center is an organization that takes in injured birds of prey for rehabilitation and release.  The facility is not normally open to the public, but once or twice a year, it opens its doors for a public open house.  These images were taken there on March 10th, 2012.


American Kestrel




Merlin



Prairie Falcon



Red-tailed Hawk? after being spritzed with water



Golden Eagle



Bald Eagle



Barn Owl



Barred Owl



Great Horned Owl