Sights of August 2014

September 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I spent August very local, but here in Southern California there is always so much to do within just a few miles. I am always reminded as to why I should get down to Huntington Beach Central Park and Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve just 12 miles away. In addition to local parks, I went whale watching and was not disappointed. We saw blue whales, humpback whales, and minke whales as well as common dolphin and sea birds.  Venturing out from my usual nature photography, I went on a night photography tour of the Port of Long Beach. One of my photos (along with one from each photographer who went) will be exhibited in a local art gallery for the month of October. Since I spent summer close to home, I decided to spend more time enjoying exploring art in different media. You will see some of my work with the monthly shots. And of course, there are insects and spiders. I always love watching dragonflies skimming the ponds and mating.

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 Highlights:

The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest port in the US (LA is number one).  It is a fascinating place with super cargo ships and cranes.

 

Whale watching is always a treat. We saw a mother and calf humpback whale.  I've seen humpbacks before but this is the first time I saw one so close to home.  This was off Point Vicente. 

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae (Mother and Calf)Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae (Mother and Calf)Off Point Vicente 08/19/2014

My what a big nose you have.

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliaeHumpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliaeOff Point Vicente 08/19/2014

 

My art work ranged from colored pencil, to water color and ink, and my newly discovered acrylics. Subjects range from fruit to ships. This is Point Vicente. 

There were two young Least Bitterns at El Dorado Park. They are very elusive. I love the little bits of fluff.

Least Bittern - Ixobrychus exilisLeast Bittern - Ixobrychus exilisOrder: CICONIIFORMES - Herons and Allies
Family: ARDEIDAE - Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

El Dorado Park, Area III

08/12/2014

Bitterns love to eat dragonflies. There were several species of dragonflies at the Nature Center. These Black Saddlebags have mated and the male will do the flying while the female deposits her eggs in the water.

 

Black Saddlebags -Tramea lacerataBlack Saddlebags -Tramea lacerataDragonflies - Suborder Anisoptera
Skimmers - Family Libellulidae

El Dorado Park Area III, 08/12/2014

Male and Female mating

 

I saw a downy Downy.  This is a young Downy Woodpecker. You can still see a little bit of fluff.

Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens (young - a downy downy!)Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens (young - a downy downy!)Order: PICIFORMES - Woodpeckers and Allies
Family: PICIDAE

Year-round resident

Female.


Huntington Beach Central Park, 08/31/2014

Forster's Terns were squabbling at Bolsa Chica over a spot on the post. They need to take turns.

Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteriForster's Tern - Sterna forsteriOrder: CHARADRIIFORMES - Plovers, Sandpipers, and Allies
Family: LARIDAE - Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers


Bolsa Chica 08/26/2014

 

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