|American Black Oystercatcher, Pt. Lobos, CA, taken through binoculars by Andy.|
|Cormorant and chicks, unidentified, Pt. Lobos (also taken via binoculars by Andy).|
|At least 30 such Great Egret nests in a huge eucalyptus tree, at Lindo Lake, Lakeside (Andy).|
|We spotted this poor Budgie, an outcast among a huge flock of sparrows, near Dog Beach.|
Another fun aspect of birdwatching is meeting nice people. We recently drove to the nearby San Diego River Least Tern nesting area, just east of Dog Beach, where we met Brian, also photographing birds. We were facing away from the river, above, when he said, "Look, a Skimmer!" Andy managed to get some shots in what was by then very low light, but we probably wouldn't have seen our first Skimmer without Brian's cue.
|A Black Skimmer, unique with a bigger lower beak than upper, skims for a fish (low light, Andy).|
|After Andy captured this scene, this Western Gull flew off and its mate landed with a fishy meal for the chicks. Unfortunately, the anchovy was way too big for the little ones. Try again, Pops!|