Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday - Dana Point Harbor

Spent a day at Dana Point Harbor last summer looking for birds and other critters.


 
 
Here's one of our local Brown Pelicans hanging out on the dock.
 

 
 
California Sea Lion enjoying the late afternoon sun on a raft.  I believe that's a Western Gull behind him.
 

 
 
Here's a Snowy Egret looking for munchies amongst the rocks of the jetty.


 
 
Ground squirrels were everywhere...
 

 
 
...including these unusual partially white ones.  At first we thought there was just one unique individual, but the more we looked...


 
 
...the more we saw.  I would have thought the lighter coloring would make them easier for predators to spot, but apparently not (at least judging by their numbers).
 
 
 
 
Black-crowned Night Heron hanging out on the dock fence waiting for the fishing boats to come in.
 
KJ
 
 

 

5 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots! I love those squirrels.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Beautiful, sharp images - well done!
I have never seen a white squirrel before, so I enjoyed this post very much.
Have a Happy Week!!
Peace :)

Chris Rohrer said...

We are heading out to Dana Point this month!!! I cannot wait to explore the beaches there again. Very nice photos. Have a great week! Chris

Marie C said...

Some great finds! That snowy egret and night heron are beautiful, and what an unusual little squirrel!

Stewart M said...

Great shots - and even as a birder, I'd be distracted by the ground squirrels and so would me kids!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne