Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Amber Light That Summer Makes

Our town is unusual in that it is bordered on three sides by water. The Pacific Ocean is on the west side and there are fresh water lagoons to the north and south. To the south, what used to be referred to as Cardiff Slough has been cleaned up and is known as San Elijo Lagoon. That, and Batiquitos Lagoon on the north side, are favorite stopping off points for birds on the Pacific migratory flyway. Birds stop off to feed, nest and rest and some like it enough to stay all year.

One of our year round residents is the black-necked stilt. They're found all along the California coast, inland to Arizona, along the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and all the way down to the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Brazil. They generally nest in colonies and take turns guarding the perimeter. They lay 3-5 eggs at a time, which usually hatch from April to August. Once the chicks have hatched, they take to swimming within hours and leave the nest pemanently after 2 days. With their long pink legs and thin black bills, they're able to walk the shallows in search of food.

The above photograph was shot this summer by Southern California wildlife photographer Chris Mayne. Thanks for sharing,Chris!

1 comment:

Ann said...

Wow! I like all your bird photographs. Do you have a very good camera?

I like plants too.

All your commentary are very informative.



I just started my blog, I also have some post on plants, none on birds, because I just have an ordinary camera.