The number of birds is steadily increasing at the UCSB lagoon. Before heading out to the mountains for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I spent some time there watching the egrets and grebes feed. The Snowy Egrets have a fascinating method for catching fish. They drag their legs in the water behind them, which flushes the fish in front of them. The Eared Grebes hunt for fish in a more traditional manner by diving under water and chasing them directly. While walking around the lagoon I also managed to get my closest and best ever photo of a Black Phoebe. These birds are very entertaining to watch as they continuously vocalize while making short flights to catch passing insects.
“Snowy Egret Feeding” – UCSB Lagoon, Santa Barbara CA
“Eared Grebe” – UCSB Lagoon, Santa Barbara CA
“Eared Grebe with Fish” – UCSB Lagoon, Santa Barbara CA
“Black Phoebe” – UCSB Lagoon, Santa Barbara CA