Painted Redstart and N Pintail Ducks

We went to Rohr Park in Bonita, Ca ( southern San Diego Co) and got photos of the Painted Redstart, an occasional visitor to San Diego Co. The bird was very aggressive and chased away all the other birds to feed on insects in a tree. You need to focus fast as the bird flits around constantly. Notice the bird is looking up checking for competitors.

 

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

 

At the Elijo Lagoon there were some N Pintail Ducks which I caught in flight.

Northern Pintail Duck

Northern Pintail Duck

Also at Elijo a Coopers Hawk was getting ready to fly but changed his mind and stayed.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Drive By Shooting (with a camera)

Sometimes staying in your car and shooting out the window is a good option. Some skittish birds such as hawks and eagles will allow you to get closer in a vehicle than on foot. Try putting a bean bag on your  half rolled down window  to support your lens. I got these shots doing just that.

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

 

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

 

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

N Harrier Hawk

N Harrier Hawk

 

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Ferruginous Hawk and Red Tailed Hawk at San Jacinto Wildlife

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

 

At San Jacinto Wildlife Area today  I photographed a Ferruginous Hawk and a Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk eating a bird on a large rock. I watched the Red Tailed from my car window for at least 45 min while he leisurely ate his lunch and finally took off when I got out of the car. I also saw lots of N Harriers, a N Flicker (no photo), and 2 raccoons in a tree.

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

 

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

red tailed feeding

red tailed feeding

 

redtailed

redtailed

 

raccoon

raccoon

 

A birder from Alaska showed me where the raccoon was up in a tree.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Today I got to see and photograph the Varied Thrush that has been spotted recently at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in the northeast corner, Point Loma in San Diego. The bird was very difficult to get close to so the photo is not the best. We saw an Eastern Phoebe and a Tropical Kingbird near the large monument (also seen previously). This is often a good place to see migrants and birds rare to the area along with Cabrillo Monument just to the south.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

 

Later I went to the Famosa Slough off Pt Loma Blvd in San Diego and got the female Belted Kingfisher. Another very skittish bird which doesn’t allow close views.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

 

At  the Alijo Lagoon in Solana Beach I managed to get a Kestral taking off.

Kestral

Kestrel