A juvenile Yellow Crowned Night Heron and I were playing a game of who could be more patient. This was taken at 1/30 of a second at ISO 1250 so you can probably guess it was fairly dark. I managed to get sharp images down to 1/5th of a second but the angles just weren't as nice.
A Marbled Godwit, unconcerned about how close its feeding was taking it towards me.
A little fluff as this Yellow Crowned Night Heron turned to face a potential rival.
A female Burrowing Owl keeping both eyes on me. Ironically, that was the hardest part, getting shots with both eyes looking at me.
A House Wren singing its head off just below the nesting site. I don't believe any eggs had been laid at this point as neither of the pair seemed interested in staying in the tree hollow nest.
Male Osprey bringing a fish back to the nest. Of course he made sure to carefully remove the head first.
A group of twelve Red Breasted Mergansers, mostly female but a couple of juvenile males, were fishing and the rivalry was pretty intense. This female caught one, though on a slightly angular departure from in front of me.
A pair of curious Lesser Goldfinches checking out the surroundings before dropping down for a drink.
I missed the crash/kill moment but did get to watch this Peregrine Falcon sit on the mudflat with its prey, a Short Billed Dowitcher, before taking off for a more secluded dining spot.
After missing yesterday's sunrise, I wasn't going to miss today's.
Funny watching this Osprey land in a pine and then play with the needles that were poking through its feathers. Believe this is one of the juveniles based on behavior.
Well, are you just going to sit there and fluff all day or help me build a nest?
A pair of Clark's Grebes scooting across that water.
Western Bluebird perched as a lookout for the rest of the group.
This Snowy Egret had aspirations of catching and eating a big fish though it never quite got it down the gullet.
Eared Grebe in a somewhat in between state of plummage.
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher contemplating the next tasty morsel.
Black Skimmer passed in front my muddy seat tonight.
Introducing the new spokesperson for RockHard Mattresses. Actually she had been sitting on the rock and decided the itch was easier to scratch with the rock surface than a hoof.
White Eyed Vireo paused and just looked at me for a moment before chasing after more insects.
Bald Eagle with breakfast over Lake Cuyamaca. This one was being harassed by a crow while trying to find a suitable table with lake viewing.