Bolsa Chica Salt Marshes (II) : Land Birds

When:  April 2015                                  Weather:   Cool, 18-20C

Sony A55 70-400G.  Leica M240/ 35 summilux

Whilst the shorebirds in my previous post were interesting, the terrestrial species were arguably more interesting and none more so than the hummingbirds, a species we do not see in Asia…over the two day period, one evening and one early morning outing, these were the birds I saw…

A little hillock with a view over the marshes where some useful info on the local birds was found...

A little hillock with a view over the marshes where some useful info on the local birds was found…the Pacific Highway is seen in the background here…

A tiny Bushtit was flitting about actively...

A tiny Bushtit was flitting about actively…

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

and again

and again

A Western Kingbird

A Western Kingbird

the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow

the endangered Belding’s Savannah Sparrow

Was busily gathering grass for his nest...

Was busily gathering grass for his nest…

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rabbits were everywhere...

rabbits were everywhere…

and you can see why they are called cottontail rabbits...

and you can see why they are called cottontail rabbits…

I thought this little fellow had three ears!

I thought this little fellow had three ears!

But a close up showed that his right ear had been split down the middle..? by barbed wire or coyote?

But a close up showed that his right ear had been split down the middle..? by barbed wire or coyote?

white crowned sparrow

white crowned sparrow

the red colours of the vegetation were fascinating

the red colours of the vegetation were fascinating

Anna's Hummingbird was easily seen perched on a bare branch...

Anna’s Hummingbird was easily seen perched on a bare branch…

And as in the Tijuana Estuary, when the sun caught his throat, there was an explosion of colour

And as in the Tijuana Estuary, when the sun caught his throat, there was an explosion of colour

And then this fellow appeared...and was busy flitting from bush to bush, and hovering just long enough for me to shoot his picture...

And then this fellow appeared…and was busy flitting from bush to bush, and hovering just long enough for me to shoot his picture…

with the light on his back, he was just magnificent!

with the light on his back, he was just magnificent!

The typical iridescent green back of the Anna's Hummingbird

The typical iridescent green back of the Anna’s Hummingbird

Light on his front...

Light on his front…

Posture change...

Posture change…

Unidentified blackbird to end with

Unidentified blackbird to end with

The undoubted highlight of the land birds was the hummingbird…such amazing coloration, such iridescence and such a challenge to shoot!

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