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January 05

Already off to a good start in ’09 with 3 new photo birds: Red-necked Grebe, Williamson’s Sapsucker and Great Horned Owl. I ticked the first two up in Ventura on Saturday and the Great Horned Owl right here in the Ballona Wetlands. He was located within a grove of Eucalyptus trees next to the Gas Co. parcel adjacent to the Ballona Freshwater Marsh. Apparently there has been a couple resident there for a while and even nested one year and fledged at least one chick.

Some other good fortune – I checked Ballona Creek a couple times for the Black Scoters that Martin Meyers found but it wasn’t until saturday afternoon that I was able to photograph them and in decent lighting conditions. There was also a nice adult Thayer’s Gull nearby. Photos follow.

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Williamson's Sapsucker
Williamson’s Sapsucker

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Black Scoter
Black Scoter

Black Scoter
Black Scoter

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull

 

Posted by on January 5, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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