cheep thrills

100508_6753Aaron and I went to Vasona Lake again to revisit the birds. Joe ran from the house and met us. I took over 300 photos.. I’ve arranged (only) the best ones in several slideshows. There are several photos in each group.

Pteranodon

The Great Blue Heron nests are still occupied full-time. There are several nests in the top of a grove of eucalyptus. These birds look like pteranodons to me, especially when they fly.
Wikipedia says they are the largest North American heron, with a head-to-tail length of 91–140 cm (36-55 in), a wingspan of 167-201 cm (66-79 in), and a weight of 2–3.6 kg (4.4-8 lbs). Balancing on the top branches must be tricky.

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The baby geese are growing and we saw some new families as well.

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I followed a killdeer, until it flew to the other side of a stream. Then it proceeded to mate with another killdeer. So of course I continued to take photos. I got a view from the rear. Hmm. Cheep date.

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The ducks have their own story. This male is an old friend of ours. Last year he was really grouchy and fought a lot. He finally found a girlfriend and they’ve been together happily ever since. There’s a hidden little cove where they hang out. This is our secret spot..

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There were plenty of other birds too there – red-wing blackbirds in their usual spots, a fishing grebe, egrets, gulls, and swallows.

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Aaron took a few great shots as well. Back lighting the egret is a really clever idea; the white isn’t overexposed in the photo, plus the fancy feathers are more visible.

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