Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bolsa Chica birds at sunrise

Scott Gietler ( and I got up early Monday morning and met at Bolsa Chica wetlands in Huntington Beach to do some birding. We arrived just past sunrise. There were still large pools of water near the entrance from all the recent rain, so if you go for a walk there, expect to get a little muddy.

The highlight was seeing the great blue herons (Ardea herodias) building nests and hearing them croaking in the trees. Every once in a while, one would swoop down onto the ground, pick up some branches and carry them back to the new nest.

Nearby a crowd gathered to photograph a great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) nest with eggs. Everyone is waiting to see the babies. It was at the limit of the my 300mm telephoto, but I was able to crop it a bit without losing too much sharpness.

The snowy egrets (Egretta thula) were out in number as well, looking very majestic. Overall, it was a beautiful morning with good company.

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