Baja Birders 1 hour walk on the beach.

Going downhill it’s about a 3 minute walk to the beach from our casa.  Coming back takes a little bit longer and can be a story in itself.  Debbie and I are on a mission today to try and shoot an Elegant Tern.  I took a photograph of one the other day but it’s too fuzzy for me.  This Osprey is watching us as we touch the sand.

Osprey

Osprey

Often called fish-eagles or fish-hawks,  we can see these birds diving from where we live.     Then we see some healthy looking Brown Pelicans.  They have spotted a ball of baitfish and begin to put on a show for us.   At first, they’re just cruising.

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Their leader spots lunch.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Then all heck breaks out!

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

Here’s Debbie, poised to capture the action.

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A Yellow-footed Gull flies by to inspect us a little closer.

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Yellow-footed Gull

Here comes the bird we’re looking for, I think.  A closer look through the binos and I can see that this is a Royal Tern and not an Elegant, ahh shucks.  Good bird anyway.  Here he comes.

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

He takes a look.

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Turns to start the dive.

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Makes a splash trying to catch a small fish and…

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Off he goes!

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

This was a very windy day at the beach.  The wind actually helps with shooting because it slows the subject down a bit.  Terns are fast fliers and always seem to be on the move.  Between the 2 of us we took more than 500 photos during that hour and kept about a dozen but it was worth the effort.                                                                                                   Happy Holidays to everyone from Chris and Debbie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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