1074 Rock Pigeon


Club Cascadas de Baja
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
November 27, 2013

Nothing special about a pigeon (unless your another pigeon), but I was sitting in my lounge chair under my palapa on the beach and my camera was in my hand. I had been photographing the sunrise. There isn’t much light, so the photo is a bit grainy.

1073 Surf Bird


Steamer Lane
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California
November 6, 2013

These Surf Birds flew in to the area where the surfing competition was held. Since I was photographing the surfers, I was ready for a quickie photo when the birds swooped in to land below the cliff.

1072 European Starling


West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California
November 6, 2013

My wife and I don’t do a very good job of keeping up with the social calendar of the areas in which we live. On this day we happened to stumble on the O’Neill Santa Cruz Cold Water Surfing Championship. The competition was held at Steamer Lane, a very popular surfing area on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Some people call the area Lighthouse Point. Anyway, during lulls in the competition, I tried to find any birds in the area. Here is one of the pesty, but beautiful and creative singer, European Starling. Surfing photos can be seen on my Keep Santa Cruz Weird blog http://www.akabirdnerd.com/blog .

1071 Canada Goose


Sequim, Washington
December 18, 2013

I was photographing Tundra Swans, but there were quite a few Canada Geese in the field as well. A truck came zooming by and spooked the birds. I grabbed some quick flight shots. Here is one of a Canada Goose.

1070 Trumpeter Swan


Sequim, Washington
December 18, 2013

When we are staying at our vacation place in Sequim, one of the first things we do is to go on a drive looking to find where the geese and swans may be hanging out. Later in the winter we also look for the Elk herd that comes down from the Olympic mountains to graze in farmer’s fields. Here is a set of four photos I took of the swans.




1069 Northern Flicker


Sequim, Washington
December 18, 2013

This is not a very good photo, but I found it interesting to see a Northern Flicker on a wire. I guess I had never seen a Flicker on a wire before – on the grass or in a tree, or pecking on the side of my house, but a wire? Anyway. There he is.

A Minor Change

I have always posted photos in chronological order on my bird blogs. I have such a backlog of photos I’ve decided to make a change. Starting in January 2014 I will begin posting photos that are the most currently taken and work my way backwards. They will all be new photos to the blog,  but don’t be surprised if many of the photos were actually snapped a year or two ago. For you Facebook users, my son-in-law and I created a group on Facebook called Birding – Western USA & Canada. Feel free to come and join us there. You will see some excellent photos from several different bird photographers.

1068 Emperor Goose



Gardiner, Washington
December 19, 2013

A birder friend gave us a heads up that a very rare occurrence of an Emperor Goose was seen near Sequim, Washington. We have a vacation house in Sequim and luck would have it that we were there when we found out about this bird. My wife and I drove out to Gardiner (near Sequim) and sure enough, we were able to find the goose. It was found among a flock of Canada Geese. The location wasn’t difficult to find. We just looked for a bunch of Bird Nerds with cameras and spotting scopes. Unfortunately, the goose never got close to the road, but I was able to get some ID photographs.




1066 Hurricane Ridge


Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park
February 5, 2012

I decided to try out my status as a senior citizen and my National Park pass to go up to Hurricane Ridge. Here are a couple of winter photos. The scenery was spectacular as usual (unless you get clouded in), and I got a chance to photograph a Gray Jay and Raven in the parking lot. This building is the lookout facility. There are some interesting displays, a place to get a bite to eat (at a premium price) and a gift shop.