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Old Jun 1, 2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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We spent Memorial weekend in Monterey. I've already posted some of the fish pictures I took at the Monterey Aquarium, but thought I would add some bird pictures, too.

The Aquarium has a small collection of shore birds on display. I didn't take the time to read about all the birds, and so I don't know what what they all are.

Black Oystercatcher:



Snowy Plover - these birds apparently lay their eggs in the sand, basically unprotected. That's why many of the sand dunes in California have restricted access during the months they are breeding.



I don't know what this bird is - I couldn't figure it out from my field guide (it seems to almost fit a number of birds).



Most early mornings (and some evenings) found me walking on the beach. We stayed just north of Monterey in Marina, and were only a short walk from the beach. I never quite got close enough to these birds to get a really good picture, but I got one that at least allowed identification - they are SurfScoters and have (at least to my eyes) odd beaks.



You may not see any other birds while walking the beaches of California, but you will always see gulls.



I tried to get close to a flock on the beach, but they didn't like that.



I did manage to get one soaring above my head:



The brown pelicans just flew by without stopping:



The American Avocet is certainly an elegant looking bird:



And good at catching breakfast, too.



Then, ignoring me completely, just sauntered off, looking rather haughty.


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Old Jun 1, 2008, 11:36 PM   #2
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Wonderful series, there is some great shots here, the last three story, lol.
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Old Jun 1, 2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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Very nice, Harriet. We'll make a bird photographer of you yet! :G

No. 3 is a Marbled Godwit. Considering the time of year, most of the gulls are probably Western Gulls (all immatures, which are hard to identify).
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Beautiful shots. Makes me want to go to the beach, which I miss living here in southern Germany. I like the first Avocet picture. Elegant is right and the reflection came out really well! The last one is good, too. Looks like he/she should be strutting down Rodeo Drive!

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Nice, Harriet. Much different than the birds we see on the beach here.

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Old Jun 2, 2008, 8:46 AM   #6
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Thank you all for the compliments, and Penolta for the ID on the Marbled Godwit (that was one of the ones I thought it might be).

There are so many different types of gulls, and I normally can't tell the difference between any of them. There were more immatures around than adults, and acouple of them were funny looking - they had some of their adult grey but still a lot of the brown. Here's the flock before they took flight.



Are they the Western Gulls?
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mtngal wrote:
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Are they the Western Gulls?
Yes, they are. there are several adults in the flock on the beach.
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Cool shots Harriet.

Been through them 3 times, and I can't pick a favourite.

All sharp and well exposed


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Old Jun 2, 2008, 8:28 PM   #9
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Thanks for the ID and the compliment. It's much easier to take bird pictures at the beach than it is around here. They discourage bird feeders up here, especially hummingbird feeders, because of the bears. And for the most part, the wild birds always know when you have a camera - I can hear them but they always keep branches or a tree trunk between them and me. I'd never make a hunter, no patience.
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