I am a relative newcomer to birding and birding wasn't on my mind when I decided we should camp at Eagle Lake in north eastern California. While the grebes I shared last week were certainly the highlight, they were far from the only birds we saw.
There were water birds
I watched this pair of mergansers cruise by an American White Pelican.
This tern flew by me so close I've done almost no cropping on this. At 300mm I couldn't focus on the whole bird and had no time to zoom out. That is an unusual problem for me when photographing birds!
Western Tanagers were common in the campground. These colorful birds are hard to miss but given the cloudy sky and dense forest I needed a high ISO and large aperture resulting in a lack of sharpness.
What every birder enjoys, whether a newbie like me or an old hand, a new bird to add to the life list. I got two this trip.
This little guy I believe is a brown creeper. I felt lucky to spot him as he is well camouflaged.
The White-Headed Woodpecker is another new bird for my list. This is a female as it lacks the red patch on the back of the head.
Yes, there are eagles at Eagle Lake. I caught sight of this guy towards the end of the day. In addition to the eagle there were osprey. We have camped a lot of places but never seen such a variety of bird life. I saw other birds as well, a Yellow Rump Warbler and another bird I couldn't identify.
We had a bit of excitement, too. Some children playing with matches set fire to a tree. There was a lot of discussion among the campers as to what to do about it. I had a hose but it wasn't long enough, eventually someone did come up with a suitable hose and by the time CalFire arrived the fire was out. The professionals leave nothing to chance they sprayed it with water, trenched around the tree and soaked the ground. They stayed for several hours and then repeated the soaking.
See more views of the world at That's My World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia.
You can find more birds of the world ant World Bird Wednesday, hosted by Springman.