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.
This heron was standing very still at the edge of the water of the San Diego River, and suddenly spotted this yummy crab (?), grabbed it, and had a tasty breakfast.
This Yellow-footed Gull was photographed on my recent birding trip to Salton Sea. This gull lives and breeds in the Gulf of California, that long narrow sea between Baja and mainland Mexico. The only reliable place to see them in the US is at Salton Sea in SE California, with post-breeding dispersal, from May to August. I saw a few of them, this one close enough for this portrait. They are much like Western Gulls, but the legs and feet are bright yellow (rather than pink) and the yellow bill is heavier, with a red spot.