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Stephen Ingraham
Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...
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February 25
Burrowing Owl on the bank above
the San Diego River, right by the
Sports Arena Bridge. What at treat!
Sat in a big patch of Ice Plant, a
mound really, at the mouth, obviously
of a Ground Squirrel burrow, the
sun in its bright yellow eyes, turning
its head side to side, and occasionally
looking straight at me. I felt privileged
to be included in its gaze. Privileged! 

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February 24
Oh to be in California when the
Double Crested Cormorants are
double crested...a few short weeks
during breeding season they sport
amazing white eyebrows on either
side...not crests really, but I can
see where the name came from,
which most of the year is a total
mystery. It restores my faith in
in the folks who name birds,
(once I stop laughing at the idea
that they might have named it
the Groucho Marks Pelican, and
more aptly and precisely at that!)

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The view from La Jolla Cove, La Jolla California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii at 24mm. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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La Jolla Pelican
The San Diego Birding Festival show did not open until 3PM yesterday so I spent the morning and early afternoon at two of my favorite San Diego area spots for photography: La Jolla Cove and Cabrillo National Monument.

At La Jolla this time of year you have breeding plumage Brown Pelicans in large numbers, as well as both Brant's and Double Creasted Cormorants...and of course, lots of Sea Lions at the north end of the cove, and Harbor Seals at the south end. It is pupping time for the seals and they are out on Children's Pool Beach. It is a great place for photography and I can spend several hours just walking up and down the path along the top of the cliffs.

This Brown Pelican is showing full colors. Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/1000th @ ISO 100 @ f4.5. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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The sun just rising behind me, looking out over the Pacific at the mouth of the San Diego River, in San Diego California. In-camera HDR. Sony Rx10iii. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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Bird of Paradise
I always enjoy the many Bird of Paradise plants when I visit San Diego in February, and it is traditional that I post a pic of one on my first full day. The most common are the smaller varieties with the orange and bright blue flowers, but there are also many of the giant variety, with black, white, and pale blue flowers. The big flowers weather rapidly, and it is rare to see one in its full glory. These are just opening, quite fresh, and still very attractive. It is an odd view, as the flowers on the giant plant are generally above my head. This was taken from the balcony of my hotel room, looking down on the flowers.

Sony Rx10iii at 435mm equivalent field of view. Program Mode. 1/250th @ ISO 200 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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Just before dawn, looking south along Point Loma in San Diego California. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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Dawn Gull
I am in San Diego for the San Diego Birding Festival where I will represent ZEISS so I waited for dawn and got out to the beach. Staying in a different hotel this year…right on the beach at the mouth of the San Diego River. My room faces the Channel, but the Pacific face is just down the beach. There, were, of course, lots of gulls on the beach this morning, waiting for the sun. Gulls are not my strong suit, and immature gulls are pretty much a complete mystery to me, but I think this is just an immature Western Gull. The first rays of the sun were just touching him as he looked out to sea.

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent field of view. 1/250th @ ISO 250 @ f4. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 

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February 23
An evening flight, Newark to San Diego,
we took of into the sunset and chased it,
600 miles per hour and 30,000 feet up,
out across America. By the Mississippi
it was clearly pulling ahead, and it left
us entirely behind somewhere short of
the rockies, slipped away over the western
horizon and left us to fly blindly on into
the night sky...with only Venus, far west,
low and unusually bright, for a guide.

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February 22
Sitting in Newark, at the airport,
waiting for my San Diego flight,
using the free wifi they force Bongo
to provide when they install a hot-
spot...slow...and short...just enough
maybe to answer an email or two,
and, if you are a poet, post a short
poem...though I doubt Bongo
anticipated their bandwidth being
used for the higher things in life,
nothing so celebral or so vital to
the human condition as poetry.
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