Sunday, January 22, 2012
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
These guys are notoriously difficult to see--let alone photograph. The reason for the trip, today, was the ultra-high tide that flushes them out of their hiding spots in the marshes.
Great Blue Herons
Long-legged Singer (left), Bearded Sosensky (center), Bucolic Benson (right)
Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
Reddish Egret, Egretta rufescens
Common Teal a.k.a. Eurasian Green-winged Teal
American scientists consider this and American Green-winged Teal to be two races of one species. The American birds have a vertical white stripe, like the one on the left. The Eurasian birds--like the one onthe right--have a horizontal stripe. European scientists consider them to be two separate species. Makes sense to me.
Thanks for finding the Common Teal, Istvan!