I have added a photo page of California birds, with pictures from my 2 recent visits to San Diego. Just place your mouse on ‘photos’ above, then click on the Gallery that you want to see.
For those of you who have previously looked at my wildlife photos, you may also be interested in this website: some excellent photos of penguins, by a photographer who is really dedicated to this particular group of birds. The photos are great, group views, close-ups, and many that really show you something new about their lifestyles.
Also I noticed this fascinating video showing a reconstruction of the Migration of Honey Buzzards from Holland to West Africa.
I just returned from the PAS-meeting in San Diego. followed by a resuscitation workshop held on Shelter Island. As well as hearing some great presentations at the workshop, and having excellent interactions with many investigators, there is a nesting platform which was erected just 400 m from the hotel on Shelter Island where we were staying. A pair of Ospreys have raised some chicks there, one of whom decided to flap around and land on the back of a long-suffering parent. (click to see larger version).
Also Herons on the boat dock, in this case a Great Blue Heron
Finally, although I lived and worked in San Diego for 4 years, I don’t recall having seen parrots while there. These are probably originally an introduced species; they are fun to see, but make a great deal of rather raucous, fairly unattractive, noise. These are Red-crowned Parrots, they are, in fact, native to North-Eastern Mexico; but it is thought that the southern California birds are there because of humans transplanting them.