Most of September was spent searching for local wildlife. I had a fun encounter with a small group of Sea Otters at Morro Bay. Too bad the lighting wasn’t better. I also started spending more time at the beach. After ignoring it for most of my time here (I prefer the mountains), I started paying more attention to the diversity of shorebirds found in this area. I don’t know why, but I think the Turnstones are one of my favorite shorebirds. There is a subtle metallic quality to their feathers that is hard to capture, but captivating to watch.
“Sea Otter” – Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, CA
“Ivy on Tree” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“California Quail” – HW 1, near Lompoc, CA
“Wilson’s Warbler” – Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA
“Black Turnstone” – Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA