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Stephen Ingraham
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Christian, birder, photographer, blogger...
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Loess cliffs on Point Loma. Cabrillo National Monument tide pools. Sony Rx10iii in-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr on my iPad Pro. 
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Burrowing Owl in Ice Plant. Happy Sunday!
Burrowing Owl, San Diego California
"If your eye is generous, your whole being is full of light!" Jesus

Yesterday the San Diego Birding Festival started at noon, and I had a workshop at 12:30, so I slept in, and only went out to the San Diego River Channel and the Western National Wildlife Refuge across from Sea World. It is a good marshy river habitat, though the high banks of the river channel keep you well away from most of the birds. Great for scope views. There have been reports of a Burrowing Owl along this stretch in past years and I am always alert, especially in the area overrun by Ground Squirrels. I did not have to really even look for this Owl, as two other photographers were there already. Such a delight! I have not seen a Burrowing Owl this close since my days in New Mexico 30 years ago, and I can count the number of Burrowing Owl I have ever seen on my fingers without running out of digits. I wrote a little poem about it for yesterday's Day Poem.

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!

And of course another word for "privileged" is "blessed". I felt blessed to see the Burrowing Owl. It is one of the things, the main thing, I love about bird watching. You never know what you will see, if you just go out with your eyes open...and you almost always see something that quickens the pulse and makes you feel more alive. Blessed. It is a part of the generous eye that I really enjoy. "Eye's wide open" is the way another translator translates it...eyes wide open in wonder and delight.

And may you go through this Sunday with generous eyes...and I believe God will bless you in what you see
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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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