Avian Triptych + 2

So many gorgeous birds to be seen along the coast.

Most in breeding plumage for a more colorful presence.

As always, click an image to see a larger version.
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Ruddy Turnstone in Bodega Bay feasting on a crab leg - first one I have seen. ©Richard James - coastodian.org

Ruddy Turnstone in Bodega Bay feasting on a crab leg – first one I have seen.
©Richard James – coastodian.org

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Compare the above ruddy with this group of black turnstones (two surfbirds at no additional charge)

Ten black turnstones and two surfbirds ©Richard James - coastodian.org

Ten black turnstones and two surfbirds
©Richard James – coastodian.org


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Two Western Sandpipers, Two Dunlin  [black bellies] feasting atop plastic oyster bags in Tomales Bay. ©Richard James - coastodian.org

Two Western Sandpipers, Two Dunlin [black bellies] feasting atop plastic oyster bags in Tomales Bay.
©Richard James – coastodian.org

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Pigeon Guillemot in Tomales Bay ©Richard James - coastodian.org

Pigeon Guillemot in Tomales Bay
©Richard James – coastodian.org

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Late breaking news…..Rare sighting of the Heisenberg’s Hammerkopf near San Francisco Bay. To learn more of this fine looking bird, click here.

What is this? A rare sighting of the Heisenberg’s Hammerkopf near The Golden Gate Bridge! Will we see more of this rare vagrant? ©Richard James - coastodian.org

What is this? A rare sighting of the Heisenberg’s Hammerkopf near The Golden Gate Bridge! Will we see more of this rare vagrant?
©Richard James – coastodian.org

3 thoughts on “Avian Triptych + 2

  1. Exciting sighting of the Heisenberg’s Hammerkopf!! I hope to see him up in the Russian River Estuary. I’ll keep my eyes peeled and camera at the ready. What an addition to my life list it would be. I’ll bet Beachmama will watch for it on Doran Beach.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Great bird images Richard! So amazing that the Hammerkopf winged its way all the way to the West Coast. Your photos are adding to what is known about this bird and the world we all share.

  3. I’ve recently seen Turnstones on Doran but had no idea what these pretty little birds were called . . . I always learn something here : )

    And a Heisenberg’s Hammerkopf, here, in Northern CA?! Exciting news indeed! (LOVE this shot BTW . . .). I know that the Estuarian will keep us posted of any sightings further up the Sonoma Coast . . .

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