Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs

Two birds spotted while hiking the trails on top of the coastal bluffs southwest of Los Angeles. First a lesser goldfinch, which took me forever to actually catch on camera (there were 3 or 4 of them flitting around and not stopping for very long anywhere!) and a black phoebe that was perched a few yards from the trail.

#birds #photo #nature #finch #phoebe

A small bird, black on top and yellow below, with a short thick beak, perched among the stems of a plant with spiky seed pods and yellow flowers.
Lesser Goldfinch on iNaturalist

A small black bird with a white belly and a short, narrow beak, perched on top of a bush in front of a blurry brown and green background.
Black Phoebe on iNaturalist

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Picked out the best shots of the Point Vicente bluffs.

Picked out the best shots of the #PointVicente bluffs. I got there mid-afternoon & took some photos of the #cove with the historic #lighthouse (and could actually see Catalina Island in the distance!)

Then I walked along the blufftop path along the nature reserve for a while, before turning back to reach the lighthouse area by sunset.

#photo #ocean #california #PalosVerdes #coast

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On the way to and from Point Vicente, I stopped at Bluff Cove

On the way to and from Point Vicente, I stopped at Bluff Cove (also on the Palos Verdes peninsula). I was surprised to find that I could plainly see the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the distance. I guess I’d never been there on a clear enough day before.

There were more people than I expected, but everyone was maintaining distance and most of them were masked up.

Really wish I’d had a tripod for the evening shot, though

#photo #coast #California #LosAngeles #cove #ocean #PalosVerdes

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Yep, still dangerous

Yep, still dangerous.

It was crazy windy tonight. I kept worrying I’d drop my phone while taking pictures. I seriously saw two tumbleweeds roll by.

#danger #signs #fence #cliff #catalinaisland #palosverdes #california

Photo taken at: Del Cerro Park

Yep, still dangerous.

It was crazy windy tonight. I kept worrying I’d drop my phone while taking pictures. I seriously saw two tumbleweeds roll by.

#danger #signs #fence #cliff #catalinaisland #palosverdes #california

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Hills rolling down to the sea

Hills rolling down to the sea. #palosverdes #ocean #hillside #catalinaisland #California

Photo taken at: Del Cerro Park

Hills rolling down to the sea.

#palosverdes #ocean #hillside #catalinaisland #California

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eighteenbelow says:
Gorgeous scenery. I’d love to see the ocean (any ocean) more often.

Thanks. I need to get out there (and other scenic spots) more often. Even though it’s not that far (one of the great things about the LA area is how close it is to sea, mountains, deserts, forests and so on), it’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day grind that you forget to step out and visit what’s right there, on the other side of the traffic and smog.

I’m not sure this fence is entirely stable.

I’m not sure this fence is entirely stable. #fence #termites #delcerropark #palosverdes #catalinaisland #cliff #california

Photo taken at: Del Cerro Park

I’m not sure this fence is entirely stable.
#fence #termites #delcerropark #palosverdes #catalinaisland #cliff #california

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eighteenbelow says:
Nah, I’d totally lean on that over the cliff.

I’m not great with heights at the best of times, and it was seriously windy up there that day. On the plus side, I was more worried about dropping my phone over the edge than falling myself, so that’s something.

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Wild plant at the top of the hill, ocean at the bottom

Wild plant at the top of the hill, ocean at the bottom. The fence marks the edge of Del Cerro Park and the start of a steep, unstable slope down to the Portuguese Bend area of the coast near Los Angeles. On a clear day, Catalina would be visible off to the left, but on this day, the ocean blended seamlessly into an obscuring haze.

Photo taken at: Del Cerro Park

Wild plant at the top of the hill, ocean at the bottom. The fence marks the edge of Del Cerro Park and the start of a steep, unstable slope down to the Portuguese Bend area of the coast near Los Angeles. On a clear day, Catalina would be visible off to the left, but on this day, the ocean blended seamlessly into an obscuring haze.

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Manhattan Beach at Night

Manhattan Beach at Night on Flickr.

My first attempt to spot Comet Pan-Starrs on Monday evening didn’t work out, but I got to look back at the coast from the end of the pier, which was nice. You can see the Palos Verdes hills/peninsula in the background to the right.

Read about my comet-watching experience.