Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pond Kingfisher

Hawk on Light Pole behind Denny's over Off Ramp this Morning...Kingfisher pics at the Donut Shop Pond...last two taken on the 22nd...I don't know what the Pond Trees are...some kind of Swamp Cypress...during the Winter, Leaves all drop off, and Trees look lifeless, but Spring has brought the Leaves back, and these Trees are at least Sixty Years I remember them as full grown as a kid...the Pond filled up during the Rain...The Rain as only Rain of the Winter...hmmph...I pulled over and parked by the Pond and sighted Kingfisher right away...paddled back and forth trying to keep up with Kingfisher going Tree to Tree to Fence Railing to Tree...some faraway nice clips, sentimental to me as Silver is in Background, and the foundations for the Pond's, (Kid's Haven's), Snack Bar in the foreground...clips for sometime...I was in Silver reviewing the pics and clips, looked out, and Kingfisher was back on the Railings...tried for pics through Passenger Window the Fencing, and surprised to get Kingfisher hovering pics, Wings trimmed/cropped by the Railing...things are never quite spot on with Kingfisher!...continued, and rolled out to the Ocean and Crystal Cove State Park..Pelican and Piper pics...for twenty bucks, if one is senior, one can get State Park Pass good from January to December, except from Memorial Day to Labor Day...a deal, as entry to Cove for one Day is fifteen bucks!...I dunno...sunny cloudy cool warm...a fine morning and afternoon...Crystal Cove wasn't really accessable when I was a kid, and this a first time visit...Park is one of the Irvine Property Legacies, and a very nice Beach and Tide Pools... Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Donut Shop Pond Kingfisher

"Can someone go over there?"

Over the Pond, I was sighting the camera, standing at the Cinder Block Wall...

"No, it's private, no trespassing..."

"What Bird is that?"

"Cormorants...over there, Canada Geese, there, Shovel Nose Ducks, Coots, Mallards, Snowy Egret, the chattering sound is King Fisher, very pretty bird with long beak, 'bout this size...catches fish..."

"It's so dirty..."

"Yes, maybe some volunteers could clean it up."

Walls and Fences surround the Pond, and Mornings I've been carrying the camera, and coffee from the Donut Shop, peering over trying to get Kingfisher's pic...for several days, much Kingfisher laughter, but yesterday, a little luck.

Before Sunup, I roll over to Denny's for Breakfast, then the Donut Shop--croussant and coffee, and then Home, with maybe pics in Frontyard or Backyard--Hummingbird, Cat, pics up--then a nap--a routine brought about by playing the video game nearly all night! That, and age--with age one's circadian rhythm goes south!

Canada Geese on Ball Field, and Power Pole workers by the Pond...

Seagulls atop roof near the Sumba Dance Studio.  Seeing camera pointed their way, dancer thought to chastise me for taking Sumba pics..."No, no..Birds..."...sheesh...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Egyptian Goose

It was believed that Geb laid the egg from which the sun was hatched. His laugh was also known to create earthquakes.

 Papyrus Painting - Nile Geese

Egyptian Geese (new, sorta!, Bird, to me) pics from rollabout Mile Square Park...sunny hazy warm...


Friday, February 14, 2014

Sting Ray

Everytime I go to Bolsa Chica Bridge, I look over the Railing for Rays...finally sighted Spotted Ray...Ducks about...this Yesterday...bottom Hawk pic from previous Day's post...Bolsa quietquiet...suspect a lot of Migrant Birds have left...Rabbit, and Goose? at GG Library Pond...

 (update: Goose is too small for Snow Goose, and it's a Ross's Goose!...a new Bird, for me!...

A tiny white goose with black wingtips, the Ross's Goose is like a miniature version of the more abundant Snow Goose. It breeds in the central Arctic and winters primarily in central California, but it is becoming more frequent farther east.
from Cornell's site
very cool, as I almost didn't take pic as lots of farmyard Geese at the Pond!)

...sunny blue warm...checked Osprey Nest..quiet...Nest can be seen from Mile 0 Coast Highway Bridge...found good place to park thereabout, so's to make some rollabouts along the Coast Hwy Bike Paths...lots of Long Lens photogs about, again, at the Bridge...Wildlife photogs hereabout a bit desperate for locations, I'd least this one is!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mussels and Tube Worms

Rollabout Yesterday Late Afternoon from Mile 6 to Mile 0 and return...One Edge Hawk, Reddish Heron, Ibis, Merlin, Pipers, Kite, and Kingfisher way high on Pole near Ospreys' Nest...Ospreys not, took note of Osprey pic in Today's Register Newspaper. and visited Centennial Park to check for Osprey, but no luck...Tide was out, and sat and snacked at Mile O and contemplated the Mussels and Tube Worms...not much moving, or even looking very alive! pic is Rock Wren perched on Fence next to the Garage at Home...sunny bit breezy yesterday, same today but a little cloudier, cool Breakfast, at Denny's, this Morning, where I saw Osprey pic, sighted Hawk again perched on Light Post Arm near the Freeway...pic for sometime...and thought on this over Breakfast...alongside the Freeways, somewhat like alongside the River, there is Landscaping, or just Wild Weeds, a kinda very long interwoven network of narrownarrow Wilderness, something I've noted on the Long Rollabouts all over the State...that Light Pole might be Denny's Hawk's perch to find Freeway Squirrels and Mice and such...I have book about the Fauna and Flora of Vacant Lots in Southern California (

Natural History of Vacant Lots (California Natural History Guides) by Matthew F. Vessel and Herbert H. Wong (Apr 20, 1989) )

...brings back memories of Bugs I collected in Apple Sauce Bottles!