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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
Bob, we've taken a vote and it is unanimous - yer stayin' in Colombia for
the duration. We'll let you know when we're tired of yer awesome shots!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 15, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
I spent the day birding on Monday with dee ee, who generously took the day to take me around on a grand tour of some of the better birding spots in Orange County. We started at Irvine Regional Park, which was quieter than usual according to Dave, probably because we were a bit late for such a hot day. It was over 100 in the area. Despite this there were great looks at Blue-gray Gnatcatchers right in front of our noses. A bunch of the most confiding Wood Ducks I have ever seen were hanging out near the pond.

Credit: Tony

Dave spotted a Cooper's Hawk right overhead. It started its alarm call when we pointed our binos at it.

Next stop was Bolsa Chica Ecology Reserve. I have been there a number of times, but never in breeding season. It was quite a spectacle with all the terns and skimmers. The least terns were diving for suitably tiny fish.
Credit: Tony

Here is one being used as an offering for a female, successfully it seemed.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

We spotted a Clapper Rail out in the open. It then took the longest flight that I have ever seen for a Clapper - 200ft.
Credit: Tony

Numerous Dunlin were getting into breeding plumage before migrating north.
Credit: Tony

We ended up at Huntington Beach Central Park, which has tons of great habitat. There were many flycatchers and hummers. Here's an Allen's.
Credit: Tony

While I was looking at a Hutton's Vireo, Dave had found another vireo. We chased it around for a while, getting a few good looks, but no photos. We finally concluded it was a Philadelphia Vireo, not a Warbling. This is a very rare bird in CA, especially in the spring. Dave got up the nerve to post on the OC Birding site. Hopefully, someone else will re-find it to confirm.

Thanks again to Dave for an excellent day of birding. Hopefully, I can repay the favor one of these days up in the SF Bay Area.

The previous day Yvonne and I spent a couple of hours birding in a rather new conservation area on the bluffs above Dana Point Harbor. It's pretty tiny and in the midst of a lot of development, but has some excellent of that dwindling coastal scrub. There numerous California Gnatcatchers flitting around.
Credit: Tony

A couple of Peregrines carried on a spectacular, extended Aeriel skirmish or courtship display - there was a male and female. They chased and dove on each other, including turning over to display talons.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

There were also number of CA Thrashers. On the way out we saw one fly from the bushes to the road and run along like a roadrunner. It had managed to nab a small lizard.
Credit: Tony




Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 15, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Yes, Bob. You need to stay down there until you see all the Tanangers.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 15, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
I was on a trip last winter and saw all of the bird species that are native to the area... All four of them.

Credit: AlasdairTurner
Credit: AlasdairTurner

The other two were Adelie penguins and snow petrels

More photos here:
http://alasdairturner.com/imported-20130424182900/2013/2/15/skua.html
http://alasdairturner.com/imported-20130424182900/2012/10/18/emperor-penguins.html

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 15, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Excellent photos Tony and Alasdair.

Really a lot of great info and photos on this thread.


Tony..would love too but my wife told me to come home. I just do what I'm told...she is the boss.

:-)


dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 15, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
Great photos Tony and Alasdair. My Clapper Rail shot isn't nearly as nice. I still don't have the photographers instinct. I just watched it fly.
....and yes, I would love to join you for birding in the bay area.



Bob, maybe you've got some other shots that you didn't post (that are almost as mind blowing)? We hate to see the end of them so soon.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Pretty sure I've never seen a Clapper fly, period. Good shootin'!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 15, 2013 - 09:34pm PT


Who needs shootin!

OR

Trad climber
May 15, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
^^^thats cool.... and I am a hunter.... but if that guy didn't let that bird go then he is a jerkoff.
john hansen

climber
May 15, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
Can't get em all. Bonus points for guessing this one..

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But sometimes you get lucky.






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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 16, 2013 - 12:14am PT
John, Cactus Wren?
john hansen

climber
May 16, 2013 - 12:21am PT
yep ,, way too easy.


Say's Pheobe


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Cinnaman teal


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Credit: john hansen

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 16, 2013 - 02:07am PT
Dee ee still have a few...:-)

Great shots John...looks like you are having a great trip.

Credit: Bob D'A

One of the coolest birds I saw...Golden Winged Sparrow.

Credit: Bob D'A

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Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 16, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Ruddy-Breasted Seedeater, Palamino, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A

Brown-Throated Parakeet, Palamino, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 16, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Nice!
john hansen

climber
May 17, 2013 - 12:40am PT
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 17, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Dee ee, get yer butt dow to Huntington Central Park, Talbert Lk,, BLACKPOLL WARBLE!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 17, 2013 - 09:41am PT
A few more from the Santa Marta area in Colombia.

Grey-Headed Tanager.

Credit: Bob D'A


Rufous-Capped Warbler.

Credit: Bob D'A

Cocoa Woodcreeper...I think.

Credit: Bob D'A
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 17, 2013 - 09:55am PT
Which bird was that after the Golden Winged Sparrow picture Bob? Cool pixs everyone.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 17, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Dirt...Whooping Motmot.
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