~ 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.
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.
Killdeer ~ This Killdeer was photographed at San Jacinto Wildlife Area last Sunday. I've seldom been able to get this close to them; using my car as a blind, I shot directly from the driver's side window.