Western Gull ~ This large dark mantled gull is one of the most common on the West Coast. This one was photographed at La Jolla Cove, in the San Diego, CA area, over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Brown Pelican ~ I stood on the cliffs over La Jolla Cove, during a high tide, with the spray from large waves hitting the rocks below. I practiced my in-flight photography (the birds in flight, not me!) This Brown Pelican was flying by, already showing some breeding colors on his head and neck.
Previously known as the Clapper Rail ~ This sub-species of the Clapper Rail, the "Light-footed", was photographed on November 25. 2011 in Imperial Beach in the San Diego area, during a very high tide.