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We’ve made numerous trips, mainly to southern California. It truly offers wonderful birding, in a variety of habitats. I won’t go into specific trips or places here; they are noted in the captions. Enjoy!

Sunrise at the Salton Sea

Burrowing Owl

Peregrine Falcon

Breakwater, Santa Barbara, CA, 1Ds Mk II, 400 mm DO, 2x, no flash. 2006-11-2, late a.m., sunny, a very few thin clouds.

Western Grebe

Brown Pelican Landing …

Head Throw

Double-crested Cormorants

Northern Pintail

Ridgway’s Rail

Royal Tern

Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Wandering Tattler


Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilts

American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt

American Avocets


Point Lobos State Reserve, CA. 1D Mark II, 400 mm DO, 2x (NB), many hand-held. 2006-11-9, afternoon, some wind.

Black Oystercatchers

California Gull

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Elfin Forest, near Morro Bay, CA. 1D Mark II, 400 mm DO, 1.4x. 2006-11-7, morning, sunny, windy.

Northern Flicker (Red-Shafted)

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Oso Flaco Lake, near Santa Maria, CA. 1D Mark II, 400 mm DO, 1.4 x, mostly flash. 2006-11-5, morning, sunny, some wind.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Island Scrub Jay



Townsend’s Warbler

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