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Christmas Day Bird Gallery

December 29, 2016
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2 (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Quiz Bird: what do you think it is? Answer at end of blog. (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

One of the most enjoyable parts of leading the Malibu Lagoon bird walk is meeting new birders, talking to people about birds and answering questions as best I can.

Willet (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Willet (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

I also like to mention to photographers that they can send me their nice shots and very likely we’ll put them on our blog. As a result, we get a lot of beautiful and interesting photographs to enhance and illustrate the sometimes leaden prose. (Who writes this stuff, anyway?)

Osprey and half-a-fish (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Osprey with fish-wich in tow (toe?) (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

On Christmas Day, among the few people braving the beach, we met Fraida Gutovich, local birder and photographer, who came over to our group of birders to ask about some particular bird feeding at the lagoon’s edge. I forget which species.

2This time the juvenile gets away with the fish (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

This time the juvenile gets away with the fish (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

In the course of our conversation, I suggested that she send me some photos. Much to my surprise, but a few days too late to be included in the regular field trip report, I received a very nice set of photos.

2Brown Pelican adult (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Brown Pelican adult (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

A Los Angeles resident, Fraida focuses her photography on birds, wildlife and nature, especially on capturing birds in their natural environment. She explains:

2Brown Pelican immature, taking a bath (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Immature Brown Pelican taking a bath (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

My interest in birds was piqued this past summer when photographing shorebirds and waterfowl at Malibu Lagoon, and on two occasions saw birds I had never seen before.  I sent pictures of them to a fellow photographer and birder who suggested I join the Birding California Facebook group. Immediately I was impressed with this group’s knowledge and passion for birding.  While in my infancy with birding, I learn something new every day.  I hope my photography conveys my love, respect and interest that I have for birds and all living things!

2Double-crested Cormorant, working hard to fly (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Double-crested Cormorant, working hard to fly (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

There were too many nice photographs to add them to the previously posted blog, so they’re getting their own posting. I think you’ll like them.  [Chuck Almdale]

Black-bellied Plover shows his famous black axillaries (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Black-bellied Plover shows his famous black axillaries (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Killdeer pausing, as usual (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Killdeer pausing mid-step, as usual (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Adult White-crowned Sparrow (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Adult White-crowned Sparrow, king of all he surveys (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Snowy Egrets on the march (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Snowy Egrets on the march (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Snowy Egret lifting off (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Snowy Egret lifting off (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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Great Egrets nesting in the Malibu shopping center (Fraida Gutovich 4-3-16)

Great Egrets nesting in the Malibu shopping center (Fraida Gutovich 4-3-16)

The above photo of breeding Great Egrets will be in the February 2017 edition of Bird Watching magazine.

2Great Blue Heron (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Great Blue Heron (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Momma & babies? Nope. Marbled Godwit surrounded by Ruddy Turnstones, all asleep. (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Momma & babies? Nope. Marbled Godwit surrounded by Ruddy Turnstones, asleep, or at least trying to sleep. (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

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2Now you can see why it's called a Green-winged Teal (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

Now you can see why it’s called a Green-winged Teal (Fraida Gutovich 12-25-16)

The Quiz Bird is a Marbled Godwit.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2017 8:51 pm

    Gorgeous captures!

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  2. Fraida Gutovich permalink
    January 5, 2017 6:38 pm

    What a pleasure it was to meet Chuck and the other birders at Malibu Lagoon on Christmas day. I was so appreciative of their answers to my queries regarding the birds at the lagoon. It is always special to have the opportunity to meet people that share the same passion and appreciation for nature and wildlife. Thank you for the beautiful post on your blog! Happy New Year to all and wishing you an amazing year of birding for 2017.

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    • Chukar permalink*
      January 6, 2017 1:24 pm

      It was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for the photos! Feel free to join us on any of our bird walks.
      Our events calendar can be found here. https://smbasblog.com/schedule/
      All events are open to anyone, member or not, free of charge.
      Good birding!
      Chuck

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