Bird Watching at Black's Beach

This page last updated January 19, 2009 by Lloyd Johnson.
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This page is organized by space.  If I need a comparable amount of space to show my pictures, then they are in the same row.

Cormorants dive for fish.  In fact, they are used for fishing in China.  I sometimes see them while swimming.  I have seen one swim circles around me, while I was scuba diving 60 feet under.

This cormorant was drying its wings just before sunset.

This cormorant was swimming at La Jolla Cove.

We often see this red-tailed hawk from the beach.  

One day I found it eating a squirrel at the base of the Burro Trail.

Amazingly, this squirrel escaped.

Western gulls are very common at Black's Beach.  They are likely to be the ones that steal your lunch.

This blue heron is rather shy.  You need a long lens to get shots like these.

Willets often search for food in the wet sand.

Heermann's gulls are common much of the year.

Terns can be seen offshore, if you are alert.

They are rarely seen on shore.

This is a ringbill gull.  It's a common sight much of the year.

This is a juvenile.

This whimbrel is a member of the curlew family.

This grebe was sick and dying, otherwise it wouldn't have let me get so close.  Usually they are seen offshore with little more than their neck and head above the water.

The snowy egret hunts for fish in the shallow surf.


Ospreys, eagle-like birds, sometimes hunt our waters.

It's hard to get a good picture of these tiny sanderlings.  They are so small, move fast and don't let you get close.

These pelicans are common sights.  They make quite a splash when they dive for fish.  I can't seem to get close enough for a good picture though.

Black Phoebes

A mother feeds and trains her babies.

I see a few of the solitary sandpipers mixed in with the sanderlings.  They look very much alike, but the sandpipers are bigger.


Marbled Godwit

The file name says raven, but they are crows.


Gaucous Winged Gull