Salton Sea Birds

March 16, 2019 at 6:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Burrowing Owl male

One of the great joys of living in California four years ago was discovering the burrowing owls at the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge on the Salton Sea in Southern California’s Imperial Valley.

On my trip to view the wildflower bloom in the desert, I stopped by specifically to look for them. I was not disappointed.

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Salton Sea Shore

March 1, 2015 at 3:07 am (California, fine art photography, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

It’s not really a sea.  It’s a lake with a strange history.  You see, the Salton Sea was once a legitimate lake (a small portion of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla), but then it dried up thousands of years ago.  When a canal was built in the early 1900s to divert water from the nearby Colorado River to the Imperial Valley for crops, the engineers failed to take into account the fact that the river sometimes floods. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burrowing Owls

November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am (Birds- Florida, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Burrowing Owl at entrance to nest cavity, Cape Coral, Florida

While going through photographs that needed editing, I discovered some great images of burrowing owls I had done several years ago in Florida.  These birds are unique among North American owls in that they actually live underground.  They are also active during the day as well as at night, hunting small mammals and insects, but will catch lizards and other little critters if the opportunity presents itself.  These long-legged owls are only 8 to 10 inches tall, but are often visible perched near their burrows, or on fences nearby. Read the rest of this entry »

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