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Photos for Malibu Lagoon March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015

 

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Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos.

 

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Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas. This bird is a skulker and difficult to see well. Luckily it was so overjoyed with the capture of a spider it came out of the vines to show off.

 

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Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia. These were everywhere, singing. Spring arrived around dinner time two days ago, and the joint was jumping.

 

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Sometimes we get an Osprey flyover, or maybe a Merlin or a Peregrine. This is FiFi, one of the few remaining B-29 Superfortresses and the only one currently flying. She was built in 1944, never flew in battle, and was retired in 1958. Today she is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and appears at air shows. More at Wikipedia.

 

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Speaking of Spring, here is why they named this cormorant the Double-crested (Phalacrocorax auritus). Those white feathers on the head are only around in breeding season. The nuptial crests keep the other cormorant species from getting rude with Double-crests but one can only wonder what would happen if a Double-crest should meet a Rockhopper Penguin at the wrong time.

 

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Royal Terns, Thalasseus maximus. We had them mixed in with Elegant Terns today which made identification easy. For once.

 

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Bonaparte’s Gulls, Chroicocephalus philadelphia. These are caught half-way between winter and summer plumage when the head is all-black.

 

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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias. The water level in the lagoon was exceptionally high, nearly 8 feet, and the long-legged waders found it too deep. This bird was up Malibu Creek and even there it couldn’t find a place to fish. The next breach in the berm may come from hungry herons.

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2 Comments
  1. sylvian2014 permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:51 pm

    TERRIFIC PHOTOS. I enjoyed the trip twice over and got an even better understanding of the birds! Thank you. Sylvia

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  2. leise@att.net permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:33 pm

    Hi, Chuck, Spectacular array.  So sorry I missed this month’s outing. Gisela

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