Sights of January 2014

February 01, 2014  •  1 Comment

This month I spent birding and looking for insects in local parks, on local walks, in my yard, and a trip up to San Simeon to visit the elephant seal rookery. I also tried my hand at some artwork. Local shots of birds and bugs Elephant Seals

I went birding at El Dorado Park and Nature Center. One of the highlights was a view of a Great Horned Owl.

Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianusGreat Horned Owl - Bubo virginianusEl Dorado Nature Center 01/24/2014

Although I have driven past Colorado Lagoon, I had not spent much time there. This month I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of birds including shorebirds such as the Black-bellied Plover.

Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarolaBlack-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarolaColorado Lagoon, Long Beach 01/26/2014

Bolsa China is always amazing for close up encounters with birds. This Brown Pelican put on quite a show diving for fish.

Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalisBrown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalisBolsa Chica 01/20/2014


I borrowed a macro lens from a friend and found some cooperative subjects. I hope we get a break from the terribly dry winter and that we get some rain soon so our insect friends thrive in Spring.  

Cabbage white - Pieris rapaeCabbage white - Pieris rapaeMy yard, 01/19/2014

But the highlight of the month for me was our annual trip to see the elephant seals in San Simeon.

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Local shots of birds and bugs

Elephant Seals



Kathy Barron(non-registered)
I loved looking at your In My Lavender Garden book!! You have done such a good job; I wish libraries and other outlets could be making it available other than just on the Internet. The quality of the book looked excellent. Congratulations on a labor of love well done.
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