End of the world

 

This post is dedicated to Mengia Obermuller.  We will all miss her smiling face at the oh so many events in our community to which she always volunteered.  I hope she has peace.

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I thought I’d better make one more post since it is the end of the world tomorrow.  No more birds, no more anything!  We will all burn together when we burn.  Our friend Kay brought this song to our attention.  I reminded her I was wayyyyy to young to remember it!  LOL

Our friends Holly and Steve have heard us talk many times about the lagoons where we frequently go birding in Baja.  They decided that they would like to know where they are and lay their eyes upon all the beautiful birds in such a remote natural wildlife wetlands that man has not yet molested.

So….off we went!  I would like to share with you what we were so fortunate to see that day.

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

The Great Egret is nearly always present at the lagoons.  They are so graceful whilst in flight.

 

 

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

The Spotted Sandpiper was a little difficult to see from a distance but I spotted him!  It’s like…keep looking and you’ll see something else.  Catch a slight movement and you can have a real prize!

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 

 

 

This Great Blue Heron was one of the prettiest I have seen.  You can click on this photo to enlarge it to see his beauty close up.  You can click on any photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

Brandt's Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

 

 

 

Coming in for a landing, this Brandt’s Cormorant almost looks graceful!

 

 

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

 

 

This Great Egret seemed to be very restless this day.  Maybe he’s really getting a birds eye view!

 

 

 

Belted Kingfisher, female

Belted Kingfisher, female

 

 

This next series of shots of the female Belted Kingfisher are ones I’ve been trying to get for some time.  This was the closest I have been able to get….so far.

 

 

 

Belted Kingfisher, female

Belted Kingfisher, female

 

 

Kind of difficult to see but I was very interested to see her under wing chestnut color.  I’ve haven’t had that privilege previously.  Look at the detailing on the tail feathers.

 

 

 

Belted Kingfisher, female

Belted Kingfisher, female

 

 

I think that this is the first species I have seen where the female Belted Kingfisher has prettier markings than the male.  Another interesting fact for me here is the chestnut band comes clear across her chest, which I find unusual.

 

 

Belted Kingfisher, female

Belted Kingfisher, female

With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band.

It’s dinner time!

With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band.

Belted Kingfisher, female

 

 

 

She’s feeding on all those little fishies I’ve told you about before that are plentiful in the lagoons.

 

 

 

Belted Kingfisher, female

Belted Kingfisher, female

 

 

 

And away she goes.  Most likely for a little nappy poo.

 

 

 

Northern Pintale

Northern Pintail

 

The Pintail or Northern Pintail is a duck with wide geographic distribution that breeds in the northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. It is migratory and winters south of its breeding range to the equator.

 

Well, if we are still here after tomorrow…..

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