Life’s a Beach

April 29, 2009

This morning I found out that sometimes you have to risk getting a little wet to discover new things.  Of course, I’m talking about avoiding incoming waves while tide-pooling and taking pictures.  Well I did get a bit wet, but I think it was worth it.  For some unknown reason, I’ve never explored the tide-pools at Campus Point; and usually end up far to the north when I get the itch to photograph marine invertebrates.  Here’s a small sample of what I managed to find on a quick trip to the beach.

 

“Anemones”  –  Campus Point at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

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Weekend at the Lake

April 27, 2009

I made several trips to Lake Los Carneros this weekend.  There was quite a lot to see, especially when I stopped walking and spent some time in one place.  The only regret from the weekend is missing a chance at a close up of the Green Heron.  For some reason, it didn’t like me running down the hill while trying to get a shot of the first male Wood Duck I have ever seen there.

 

“Morning Mist”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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White-tailed Kites

April 27, 2009

As might be expected, the Kites have been very active around their nest lately.  Time spent watching them is usually rewarded by seeing some interesting behavior.  Watching them interact when the male brings food can be particularly interesting.  The following sequence shows the male returning to the female with the remains of his breakfast.  She was not at all pleased with what little he brought.  To add insult to injury he dropped the food and then attempted to…   Well, you’ll see.

 

“Male Kite with Food”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Uninvited Guests

April 25, 2009

Recently we’ve had some uninvited guests around the house.  I setup some hummingbird feeders a couple weeks ago and the Hooded Orioles have been monopolizing them.  I shouldn’t complain because the males are consummate gentlemen and let the ladies drink first.  Oh… and they are quite colorful too.  To see the other uninvited guests, click below the fold.

 

“Hooded Oriole”  –  The Backyard, Goleta, CA

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Cooling Off

April 25, 2009

Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather on Monday, I went on an early morning walk around Campus Point at UCSB.  There was a lot of bird life at the point.  The Surfbirds were still plentiful and were now joined by Black Turnstones and the occasional Semi-palmated Plover.  Beyond the surf were several groups of Western Grebes.  It would have been nice to see them riding some bigger waves, but I’m thankful they were relatively close to shore.

 

“Surfbird Reflecting”  –  Campus Point at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

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Last Weekend at the Lake

April 25, 2009

I’ve been having way too much fun cooking and haven’t had an opportunity to post recently.  Bird life at Lake Los Carneros was hit and miss last weekend due to near record high temperatures.  There was quite a nice variety of ducks and the occasional migrant songbird, so it was still worth getting out there.  The highlights were an entertaining female Bufflehead and a very nice Black-headed Grosbeak.

 

“Redhead Duck”  – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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A Sandy Sunday Stroll

April 14, 2009

Somehow, Sunday almost managed to get away from me.  Thankfully I did succeed at getting outside for a nice stroll at the beach.  It was a lot of fun watching the antics of the Sanderlings avoiding the incoming waves.  Something they did more successfully than I!  There was also a Killdeer attempting to distract me away from its nest and a Snowy Egret fishing.

 

“Places to Go”  –  Campus Point at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

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