Wednesday, February 18, 2009

California Dreamin'...

I love this photo of a California Gnatcatcher. It has an Asian look about.
And the bird is shot from behind, of course.

We have more snow forecasted for this evening. We have had over 70 inches so far this season, an amount I believe to be quite sufficient. Dr. Bob my chiropractor will be the only happy person after this latest round of winter weather.

I just finished my slide show on birding in Britain and have just started a new show on the San Diego bird fest that we attended last year. It was a fantastic festival put on by a wonderful group of bird enthusiasts. They had everything you could possibly need, snacks in the morning at registration, maps, brochures and more. In the evenings they had programs and an Optics fair.

Buses and vans were provided to get you to places all over, from the San Diego area, to Mexico, to the Salton Sea. You can see all sorts of habitats from desert to mountain to ocean. If you are looking for a great festival, with warm weather I might add, try this one. It's in early March this year.

Here are a few of the photos I've edited so far....
Anna's Hummingbird nestlings. I think they may be a little too big for the nest!
A Common Moorhen. I haven't posted enough birds from behind lately. I'll try harder...
California Thrasher in Mexico. What a great song he sings!

This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was found roosting behind an apartment complex near the Tijuana Slough Refuge.

California dreamin' on such a winter's day...


  1. ...the hummer nestlings are adorable!

  2. Fantastic photos, Dave!
    I really like reading your posts too :)
    The Hummingbird babies are absolutely cute. As I have said before - it's great to see birds from so far away.

  3. Thanks for the great comments!
    During our visit to San Diego, we saw a total of three nests, something not likely to happen in the Eastern U.S.