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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 14, 2013 - 11:05am PT
Thanks Dirt...also got a few good hummingbird shots.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 14, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Is this that adorable chick's work? It greeted me this morning. SOMEONE feels better. :)

Credit: Crimpergirl
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 14, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
Bob - this seems like one terrific trip you have had! Some beautiful birds.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 14, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
It may have been Crimpie, that is a nice one, looks like a fly by dropping for sure :-D
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 14, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
I had the pleasure of birding yesterday with Tony (yes, our supertopo Tony). We hit Irvine Park, then went to Bolsa Chica and finished up at the Huntington Beach Central Park. Some of the highlights were many Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Wood Ducks at Irv. Pk, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Clapper Rail and Least, Forsters, Caspian, Elegant and Black Skimmer Terns at BC but the big highlight was a Philadelphia Vireo at HBCP.
I'm almost afraid to post the Vireo on the rba. I know the hotties will be skeptical!
Thanks again Tony.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 14, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Great photos Dee ee...spend a day with Tony last year...great guy and really good birder.

Back in Cartagena and flying back tomorrow. Mike...is was a great trip. Still hoping to get a few in the morning. Here is one from this afternoon.

White Ibis, Cartagena, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 14, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
Crimpoe,, my guess is MOSCOVY duck lol!


Nice hummer Bob!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 14, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
If ya'll are all hot-n-bothered about Vireo (least Bell's), I know there is ongoing monitoring in the I-15 corridor, just north of Devore right by where that rail car sideyard thing is next to the creek/riverbed. Definitely a population there, I've been on site with the guy doing the monitoring.

Pilgrim Creek near Oceanside has a known population as well.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 15, 2013 - 10:33am PT
A better shot of really cool looking bird.

Russet-Throated Puffbird.


Credit: Bob D'A


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 15, 2013 - 10:39am PT
That Puff bird is a funny looking one. What a great time you had, have a safe trip home :-)
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 15, 2013 - 11:50am PT
http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/two-bald-eagles-in-air-battle-crash-land-at-airport/
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 15, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Fine shots Bob D'A.
That Puffbird looks a lot like a Kookaburra. Related?

Any questions?
Any questions?
Credit: shady

If any bird can, a pelican.
If any bird can, a pelican.
Credit: shady
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!

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