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.
At the Elijo Lagoon there were some N Pintail Ducks which I caught in flight.
Northern Pintail Duck
Also at Elijo a Coopers Hawk was getting ready to fly but changed his mind and stayed.
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.
N Harrier 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.
Red Tailed Hawk
red tailed feeding
A birder from Alaska showed me where the raccoon was up in a tree.
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.
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.
At the Alijo Lagoon in Solana Beach I managed to get a Kestral taking off.