This is an altered version of the original image, photographed at the Renaissance Faire last spring.
Black Skimmers Gossiping ~ This is just a small portion of the whole skimmer flock I was photographing in San Diego. I liked this one for the interaction between the birds. Looked like a good old-fashioned gossip-fest to me.
Brandt's Cormorant ~ This cormorant was perched on the cliffs above La Jolla Cove. It was one of many, flying off the cliffs, courting, nesting. It has beautiful-turquoise blue eyes, and has yellow and blue patches on the neck. This one has little white breeding plumes.
La Jolla Seals ~ This seal had just hauled out of the water and was joining his buddies. He had been barking loudly while swimming--maybe inviting the others to come out and play? Finally he came in, looking very sleek and cute, lumbering up on the rocks.
Nesting Brandt's Cormorants ~ This pair of cormorants had eggs in their nest, perched high on the cliff side above the ocean. They showed the white breeding plumes and bright skin patches at the neck.
Royal Terns ~ Photographed in La Jolla Cove, San Diego area.
Black-bellied Plover ~ This winter plumaged plover was photographed on Coronado Island, in San Diego. Come spring his breeding plumage will include the black belly for which he is named. I liked his shadow mirroring his position.
Western Gull ~ This photograph was taken in La Jolla Cove, in the San Diego area. He was on the cliff side above the ocean.
A black and white version of this image of a handsome fellow at the Renaissance Faire last spring.
Flying Pelican ~ This view of a flying Brown Pelican shows just how wide that wingspan is. According to the books, the wingspan measures 84 inches! They ofen fly in formation low over the water. When feeding, they fly higher, pull in those wings and do a dive head first into the water.
Heerman's Gull ~ This gull was photographed at La Jolla Cove, San Diego area. I like their distinctive color and markings--no problem gull ID's here!
Seals in La Jolla Cove ~ While birding in La Jolla, I saw quite a few seals hauled up on the rocks above the ocean. It was especially fun watching them when they came in out of the water and began interacting with each other.
Flying Pelican ~ This Brown Pelican flew over the incoming surf at La Jolla Cove, San Diego area.
Flying Western Gull ~ Photographed at La Jolla Cove, San Diego area.
Cassin's Kingbird ~ While birding in San Diego this weekend, I stopped at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Among other birds, this Cassin's Kingbird perched for his portrait.
Point Loma Surfer ~ The surf was fairly high, and several surfers were off Point Loma, taking advantage of the day. I was mostly photographing birds, but when none were flying by, I'd look out at the surfers and shoot them.
Brandt's Cormorants in Beak Play ~ These cormorants were photographed at La Jolla Cove in the San Diego area. There was courtship displaying and this beak play going on. Other cormorants were a audience for these goings-on. Sadly for the displaying male, this one flew off after a few minutes, not to be seen again.
Seal Duo ~ Two seals gossiping? Greeting each other? Whispering sweet nothings? Fun to watch, no matter what the subject matter.
Resting Royal Terns ~ These terns were just a few of a flock of birds resting on a rock by the water in La Jolla Cove, San Diego. It was a cloudy morning, misty/rainy and windy. I liked the way they all face the same direction. The high surf kept breaking over the rock they were on. The terns let me get quite close, seemingly undisturbed by being photographed.
Ocean View ~ The Brown Pelican, in all his breeding glory, views the ocean below. Photographed at La Jolla Cove, San Diego area.
Flying Black Skimmer ~ This photograph was taken in San Diego. He was coming down to water level, about to begin the "skimming" behavior, using the long lower mandible to catch fish in flight.
Belted Kingfisher ~ This male kingfisher was photographed in San Diego. He stayed perched above the San Diego River, allowing me to inch forward in my car, shooting out the window, taking new shots every few feet.
Point Loma Seascape ~ I was out on Point Loma, in the San Diego area, enjoying the birds and the sea air. The tide was coming in, and it was a fairly high surf. This photograph shows some of the white water from the surf, and one wave in motion.
Brandt's Beak Play ~ After performing courtship displays, the cormorant on the right had clearly attracted some attention, and was participating in beak play, while others looked on.
La Jolla Seals ~
Pelican Valentine ~ The two pelicans looked just right for Valentine's Day.
Perching Pelican ~ This Brown Pelican was perched on a knob of rock above the ocean. Photographed at La Jolla Cove, San Diego area.
Black Skimmers in Flight ~ This flock of skimmers were flushed from the beach by someone passing by. They soon returned to loafing on the beach.
Ring-billed Gull ~ This gull was photographed on Coronado Island, in San Diego. The speckling on his head is winter plumage. He is probably the most common inland gull, but are common on the coast as well. I liked the color of his eye.
Black Skimmer ~ This bird looks strange, but is fun to watch. They tend to flock together, and when they feed, they fly low to the water, "skimming" the surface with that extra long lower beak.
Brown Pelican Gliding ~ There were hundreds of pelicans perched and flying around La Jolla Cove. They were in beautiful breeding colors, and were fun to photograph.
La Jolla Seals ~
Displaying Brandt's Cormorant ~ This Brandt's Cormorant was displaying, trying to impress the lady cormorants. He assumed this strange position, raising his beak into the air, and flapping his wings. For a little while he had some admirers, and finally one participated in some beak-play, but then flew off, apparently not sufficiently impressed. He went back to displaying, ever hopeful.
Brown Pelican ~ The pelicans were everywhere at La Jolla Cove, sporting their bright breeding colors. They were perched on rocks, on bushes, cliffs, flying everywhere.
Resting Black Skimmers ~ This flock of Black Skimmers was on the beach at Crown Point in San Diego. This photograph shows only a small number of the entire flock. I've never been able to get this close to skimmers before. I liked the pattern they made with their repetitive positioning and their little black tuxedos.
Song Sparrow ~ This Song Sparrow was at La Jolla Cove, in the San Diego area. He was singing his heart out in cliffside bushes above the ocean.