This flight of Snow Geese was photographed at Salton Sea in California. Thousands of these geese winter in this area. This was taken in January--most of them have migrated north already to their nesting grounds. I liked this view, as it shows a bit of the water at the bottom, but also shows the red hills and the mountains beyond, with, of course, the flying geese.
The sun finally came out, so I went hiking in nearby San Timoteo Canyon, binoculars and camera around my neck. Although it wasn't a spectacular birding day, I did get a few shots of this male Hooded Merganser which was swimming in the pond at the west end of the trail. He was a little skittish, spending more time hidden in the cattails than out with the other ducks.
This heron was photographed at the Tijuana Estuary. At one time it was an amazing thing to see a Yellow-crowned Night Heron in California. Several years ago a few appeared in this area, nesting in the trees adjacent to the estuary Visitor's Center. After several years of continued breeding, the herons are seen various places in the San Diego area. This is an adult, showing the yellow crown--I saw a few immatures and juveniles with their less defined plumage.