Bolsa Chica revisited (II)

When:  May 2019   Weather: Cool 18C

Nikon P900 Leica M10 35mm Summilux

My second morning, on entering the BCER via the Oceanridge Drive entrance, I turned right on the Brightwater Trail and headed towards Warner, intending to walk towards the visitor centre at Warner/PCH.

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again starting at the Brightwater Trail at the top of the map, I turned right towards Warner instead of left towards the Wintersburg Channel as I had done in my previous post…

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Heading towards Warner along the dirt track on a dull most un southern californian morning….

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A distant Osprey

 

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mourning dove

 

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California Towhee

 

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Housefinch

 

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there was a lot of activity in the bushes …some very handsome scaly breasted munias posed

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At the end of the trail where it meets Warner, there is an outlook over the pond and Warner on the right…

 

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the spring daisies were in full bloom

 

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Lovely spring colours

 

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And on a little bush at the end of the trail I spent a delightful half an hour interacting with this beautiful humming bird…

 

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it was active zipping here and there and only momentarily stopping to pose

 

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It’s brownish green back differentiates it from the Anna’s Hummingbirdwhich I had shot on my last trip here….this is the Allen’s Hummingbird

 

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As is typical in hummingbirds, if they don’t catch the light, the gorget is dark

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But catch the light and the dark gorget explodes into brilliant colour

 

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side view

 

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taking off

 

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showing off his tail feathers too

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tail feather show

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the wonderful Allen’s Hummingbird

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and just before I left, I saw this lovely hooded oriole for a fleeting moment…

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deciding not to go down to the pond and the visitor centre, I turned back and walked all the way back on the Brightwater Trail right to the end where it meets Bolsa Chica Street..

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California Towhee

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song sparrow

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Western Kingbird from afar

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western Kingbird

 

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at the junction of the trail and Bolsa Chica St is a patch of brilliant daisies within a fenced area…there is a gap through which you can enter…

 

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some splendid palms in the area…

 

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spot the hummingbird

 

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Allens’ HB again

 

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Allen’s HB

 

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There were eucalyptus trees typified by sickle shaped leaves

 

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song sparrow straddling

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and final star bird of the morning was this Pacific Slope Flycatcher

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Pacific Slope Flycatcher

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Pacific Slope Flycatcher

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These were two very nice days spent in the Bolsa Chica wetlands…greener and more floral than the last time I came

Highly recommended….oh and if you are ever in the area and you like Vietnamese Pho(beef noodles), do yourself a favour and go visit Quang Trung,  a vietnamese restaurant on Warner, here in Huntington Beach…..possibly the best pho I’ve ever had anywhere in the world..including singapore and vietnam itself!

 

 

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