After our trek to the botanical gardens, we went for lunch and then breathed deeply. Our next life bird, the Black Turnstone, was going to be a challenge. It wasn't finding the bird that was the challenge as it was more about finding the patience to get to the area!
|Surbird(left) and Ruddy Turnstone(right)|
I have never been in a more crowded space than Los Angeles. Well one could argue that Mexico City as well as many other urban spaces are just as bad. I don't know. LA traffic is the worst. To get to our location, Marina Del Rey, we had only to go 14 miles. It was the longest 14 miles I have ever driven. Everywhere we turned there were people. Every inch. Every space. Full of people.
|The WHOLE walkway was like this the ENTIRE time.|
I had a lot of special challenges for this trek. One was capturing cormorants in their breeding plumage. Cormorants can be tricky, but they are really beautiful birds when breeding season arrives.
And then there's the deep purples of the Pelagic. Their breeding color preference? Red. It was a real treat to see these birds up close and personal. Stunning birds!
Of course, SoCal winter birding would be incomplete without the sighting of a beautiful Surf Scoter.
Personal space. There is nothing quite like it, especially when there is constant noise all around you. We left Los Angeles for the last time. I will never be coming back here again. We have two more return treks left for Southern California(outside the LA area) before we start heading up into the Pacific Coastal regions. Here is my ebird report from the Ballona Wetlands area.
Our journey required us to visit one last space. And it was absolutely gorgeous and far away from the urban sprawl. Next week we explore the beautiful Santa Catalina Island for another exotic bird, the Spotted Dove. For you ABA listers out there, this one is countable. So stay tuned for more....