I heard that a pair of Hooded Mergansers were at San Elijo and I wanted to see these lovely ducks that are unusual here.
I arrived in early afternoon on March 29th. It was an overcast day and there were almost no visitors and very few birds and other wildlife visible. After a while, as I stood or sat quietly, I saw lots of nature all around me.
White crowned Sparrows were all around me and the smell of sage was intense at times.
I turned and looked over the lagoon. It was low tide and a Snowy Egret was hunting with great intensity.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a Clapper Rail run across a gap and disappear from sight but I did get a rather blurry photograph!
Signs of Spring everywhere. Catkins and buds and flowers:
The Lesser Goldfinches are busy:
The Lorquin’s Admiral butterflies are out:
In the freshwater ponds there were lots of ducks: shoveler, Cinnamon Teal, Blue winged Teal, Mallard and even a coot.
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Hi Nigella, this is really terrific photography and I enjoy reading about your San Elijo Lagoon experiences. Thank you for sharing!