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Baja birders find this interesting! – Chris Llewellyn's "Birds Eye Views"
 

Baja birders find this interesting!

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Off to the lagoons with my sweetheart we go.  I’m thinking there must have been a lot of people out here over the weekend as there are few birds to be seen and tire tracks all over the beach.  I do see a small flock of ducks fly in with a plop (some duck species glide on top of the water to a smooth landing and some just go PLOP!)  I recognize these daphy’s as Lesser Scaups.  I see a few Lessers here every year but there is one duck that stands out in the bunch.  It’s a Greater Scaup!  Actually flagged by eBird as a Rare bird here.  I get so excited that if I had any hair, I’m sure it would be standing straight up!  I’m very lucky to get a comparison shot for the two ducks.  Click on this link for more info on Scaups.

Greater(left) and Lesser Scaups
Greater(left) and Lesser Scaups

I move on so as not to make the birds nervous.  I saw what looked like a piece of trash on one of the islands earlier and now it’s gone.  I take a look with my binoculars and “while I’ll be!”, just off to the right I can see a goose-like bird paddling through some water-weeds.  I guess that was the “trash” I saw.   This is another lucky day for me.  Besides having darling Debbie making it out to bird with me I see another rare bird.  Now, I saw a flock of these guys here a month or two ago but now there’s a single Brant and it flies away as soon as I see it.  I get one or two quick shots.

Brant
Brant

Moving along through the muck that is the border of the lagoon, I see a white “thing” in a bush across the water.  Binos up…how cool!!  A Black-crowned night Heron.  The bird looks like a little white piece of paper in the brush.  Steady the camera on the mono-pod.  Its got  it’s eyes closed.  Thats not good for a photo-op so I meow like a kitten.  The sound works and it opens it’s eyes, I fire away.  Not a bad photo for about one hundred yards away.

Black-crowned night Heron
Black-crowned night Heron

Back at home Debbie and I are going over a few shots she took.  She always has the eye for composition in her photos.  Here’s a female Lesser Scaup cruising the calms…

Lesser Scaup, female
Lesser Scaup, female

And the shot-of-the-day!!!  A Great-blue Heron watching us watching him.  WOW!!!

Great-blue Heron
Great-blue Heron

Okay, everybody have a great day from Chris and Debbie.

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