A wonderful year for the annual Morro Bay Bird Festival (except for the California drought). Was able to grab this photo of a Double-Crested Cormorant during my first class on Birding Hotspots for Photographers. More photos of the Bird Festival to come later.
Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlew and a Willet
Brown Pelicans feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
We had an invasion of young European Starlings in our yard this week. They went for the Century Plants which are in bloom. They only bloom once very 100 years. It was a foggy day but I think the photos turned out well enough to show you the fun they were having.
My first Photograph of an Adult Spotted Sandpiper – with SPOTS! :O)
A 1st for me – Hooded Oriole – adult male. A spring migrant, but the very first time one has come into my yard and then landed on our century plant making it an easy shot for me. As I was walking out the back gate to go for a short walk with camera in hand – there he was! I started shaking I was so excited but was lucky enough to get off this shot before he took off!
Willets – I always see them huddled up closely together when they are ready to rest and nap. Too cute.