This Baja birder says “he’s back!”
Yes, maybe some of you remember from a post a few years ago when my darling Debbie was stalked by a big cat out at the LaGoons? Well, the cat is still there (or back if he ever left). We were birding the La Ribera Lagoons the other day. As usual, Debbie went this way and I went that way. I was checking out some Common Gallinules when I got this strong feeling something/someone was watching me. I hoisted my binos up from the neck harness and scanned the shores of the brackish waters. Lookie there! There’s that bobcat, or whatever cat it is, staring at me from across the pond. No doubt, the same cat. Same deformed eye. I took a photo and looked again and it was gone. A little creepy but nice looking animal.
The creeks, moans and wales of the Common Moorhen or Gallinule as “they” now call them, to me, give marshy waters the mysterious moods they inspire. Not really a duck as they have no webbed feet.
The American Coot, a waterbird of lakes and ponds most everywhere, act as watch-dogs of the marsh. Always on the lookout, Coots purr and then squeal loudly when perceived danger approaches.
Birders are always looking up, often rewarded by sites few will ever witness. Like this silent, gliding Great blue Heron.
Or the breath-taking moment one can experience catching a glimpse of a Reddish Egret floating by in a silent moment.
Scattering away from my forward motion, an early-migrant speeds away suspiciously as I move along the shore-line. Such a delicate-looking sandpiper that may have flown here from the far reaches of Alaska. This is a Semi-palmated Plover.
As we get ready to leave for the day, once again looking up at the sky we see, a Snowy Egret cruising by as if to show off it’s golden slippers.
Just a reminder that our book, “Birds We See” in Baja is now available for purchase at Chao Pescao Tackle shop, just down the block from Freddie’s repair on the East drag for Los Barriles. Happy Birding from Chris and Debbie!