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!
American Coot

Snowy Egret

Marbled Godwit

maybe a Northern Pintail

maybe it isn't

Snowy egret

Great Egret

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.

Snowy Egret

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.

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