The SanCap Audubon Bird Walk is becoming quite a popular event on Saturdays - after all, what is not to like! The leaders have great personalities, a sense of humor and great knowledge.....in addition, everyone has a common interest while spending time in our beautiful sunny state. Come and join me today and be a witness to our sightings.
|I arrived early and opted to park behind the Chamber of Commerce - on my way to meet up the group I saw those 3 Pileated Woodpeckers slowly awaking.|
|The day is looking promising already.|
The known Australian Pine by the Dairy Queen, which used to be a nesting platform for an Eagle pair is quiet this morning.
I've slowly made it to the Retention Pond area - quite a few Wood Storks are here already.
|In addition, I am seeing a large group by the maintenance garage - over 50 enthusiastic birders!|
|An immature Black-Crowned Night Heron....Kevin pointed out how the bill has not quite reached the 'adult' stage yet.|
Killdeers - there were 5 of them today, 3 are in this frame.
A young Brown Pelican.
This Wood Stork might have been sleeping - his eyes were closed....hard to tell unless you look really closely.
This one, on the other hand, was wide awake and keeping his eyes on me.
|Birds come and go so quickly around here!|
|Others like to dive, swim and do acrobatic moves with their catch.|
|Amazingly, the Anhinga stabs his fish underwater, comes up to the surface where he carefully turns and flips the fish so that it goes down the hatch head first.|
|We were entertained just by watching him - he was quite the fisherman and enjoyed a hearty fish breakfast.|
|The fish seemed to say: "Ooooh no!", while the Anhinga saids " Ah YES!"|
|By the way - with so many of these guys today - we decided to call it the "Stork Day".|
|Toward the end, an Anhinga lady proudly showed us her strapless dress....|
|and she wears it well, if I must say so myself.|
|A Cormorant with its striking emerald eyes.|
|After a while, I re-entered the trail leading me back to my wheels - I was glad to see that the Bald Eagle was perched in his old stomping limb.|
|Regal and majestic.....what a great way to end the day!|
My E-Bird List for today.