I saw a *lot* of different birds on a walk in the park yesterday. Here are two Western Bluebirds…

I saw a *lot* of different birds on a walk in the park yesterday. Here are two Western Bluebirds – one male and amazingly bright blue, the other either female or a juvenile male. I’m not happy with the image noise on the first one, but I *really* like the way the second one came out.

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A very bright blue bird perched on a cable, looking away from the camera to the right, with blurry green leaves behind it.

A small brown and orange bird on a narrow, mostly bare branch with a few leaves starting to poke out.

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I saw (and heard) a bunch of finches – some house finches, and at least this one lesser goldfinch…

I saw (and heard) a bunch of finches – some house finches, and at least this one lesser goldfinch – when I took the trash bins out this morning. So I went back in, washed my hands and grabbed the camera.

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A very bright yellow bird with a small beak perched on a cable thicker than its feet, against a blue sky.

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Sunset over the ocean.

Sunset over the ocean. In the zoomed shot, just moments after sunset, you can see the silhouette of Santa Barbara Island. There’s a park up in the hills that also has a clear view of the ocean, where you can see the more distant San Nicolas Island next to it. But down here near sea level, it’s below the horizon.

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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 #coast

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Two more shots from Bluff Cove, this time looking out at the ocean.

Two more shots from Bluff Cove, this time looking out at the ocean.

Small boat sailing on the bay seems like a good way to get out while staying isolated, and surfboards look like they’d be handy to measure minimum distance.

It’s been years since I’ve been on a boat of any sort. But I do remember enjoying small sailboats. Maybe I’ll look for a class when it’s safe to interact with people in person again.

#ocean #sailing

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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

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A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente

A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente.

These birds *really* blend in well with the dry brush and dirt – it was really hard to see them except when they stopped somewhere with contrast like this.

#photo #birds #sparrow #nature

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