Wednesday, April 26, 2017
March 19, 2017 A Sunday Morning Hike at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Christy and I spent the morning hiking at Bolsa Chica on the Pacific Coast Highway. This little wetlands park is a great place to see birds and get away from the congestion of the Southern California strip malls.
Just a few feet away from PCH and you feel like it is miles away.
This area would be just another housing development if a group of women, The Amigos of Bolsa Chica, hadn't protected the wetlands starting in the 1960's. Muchas Gracias Damas!
maybe a Northern Pintail
maybe it isn't
American White Pelican
the beautiful wetlands
there are raised earth walkways through areas like this
Great Blue Heron
another great blue heron
Chrissy took a lot of amazing close up shots
there were a lot of herons in trees on the backside of the park
on a dreary day this area had a lot of color
i love the contrast of colorful flowers mixed with cactus
a brave snail out in the open with all these birds flying overhead
This bird was very popular with the many photographers here. I believe this is a reddish egret.
Great Egret and Snowy Egret
I think this is a family of Marbled Godwits
This duck had a message for us.
Of course there are oil fields here too.
An old school oil rig which is very common around here.
A snowy egret searching for food...which is what we did after our two and a half hour hike at the wonderful Bolsa Chica Wetlands.