Pekin ducks
Pekin Ducks
(aka domesticated ducks)
Photos copyright © 2010-2014 Kat Avila
Bird videos copyright © 2013-2014 Kat Avila
Locations: Southern California
Cameras: Canon SD780 IS (2010-2012), Canon SX210 IS (2013), Canon SX280 HS (2014)

Notes:
1. At parks, some of the mallards, American coots, and Canada geese can be unusually bold because they have gotten into the bad habit of begging for food from humans. Picture-taking becomes easier, but feeding the birds is not only unhealthy for them and their fragile habitat, it makes the tamed birds vulnerable to attack from not-so-nice people and their dogs.

Wild birds are normally skittish, so I often take photos one after the other hoping to catch the one pose I want. Otherwise, I sit or stand peacefully among the birds and wait for a good opportunity.

2. I use the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe the pronunciation of bird names. It is an international standard.
American Coot (aka mud hen or marsh hen), Fulica americana, RAIL FAMILY: These roly-poly birds can often be seen feeding in large groups around neighborhood lakes and golf courses. One time I watched them skitter en masse across a lake toward a young couple with food; the girl was shrieking, in delight or fear I couldn't tell.
American coot
It has lobed toes, instead
of webbed feet, for diving
to feed underwater.
Mason Regional Park
American coots
Here they are peacefully
feeding by the picnic tables.
Mason Regional Park
American coots
A man walking his dog
startled them into the lake.
Mason Regional Park
American coots
Now the raft (flock) is
in the lake.
Mason Regional Park
American coot
You can see its
white flank stripes.
Mason Regional Park
American coots
"Hey, give me some."
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coots
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coots
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
American coot
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
The round fat body of the coot doesn't make it look athletic, so it was with surprise that I watched coot after coot jump off a high ledge into a stream, then flap up and follow one another to feed at the edge of another ledge. The climb was not without its hazards as one clumsy bird tumbled back and had to return to the safety of the water dragging a hurt wing.
American coots
Red arrow shows coot
flapping down.
Upper Newport Bay
2011.2.11
American coots
"Cannonball!"
Upper Newport Bay
2011.2.11
American coots
Red arrow shows coot
flapping upward.
Upper Newport Bay
2011.2.11
American coots
Coots feeding precariously
at the edge of the new ledge.
Upper Newport Bay
2011.2.11
American coots
I didn't see any jumping
from this new higher ledge.
Upper Newport Bay
2011.2.11
American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, CROW AND JAY FAMILY, video
American crow
Mason Regional Park
American crow
complaining crow
following another (mother?)
UCI
2010.7.16
American crow
Not in this case, but I once saw
a harassed crow clamp down
on another crow's bill with
its own to shut the bird up.
UCI
2010.7.16
American crow
It scared off a smaller bird
I was trying to get a photo of.
UCI
2012.3.29
American crow
UCI
2012.3.29
American crow
La-la-la!
UCI
2012.3.29
American crow
San Diego Creek Trail
2012.4.18
American crow
gathering nesting
materials
UCI
2013.3.20
American Pipit, Anthus rubenscens, MOTACILLIDAE FAMILY
American Pipit American Pipit American Pipit
American Robin, Turdus migratorius, THRUSH SUBFAMILY
American robin
American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, PELICAN FAMILY
American white pelican
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
American white pelican
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
American white pelican
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
American white pelicans
One has a black wing tag (E03).
It comes from Idaho's Blackfoot Reservoir nesting colony.
(Great egret in background.)
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park 2013.10.17
Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, STILT FAMILY, video
black-necked stilt
Aliso Creek
2013.4.17
black-necked stilt
Aliso Creek
2013.4.17
black-necked stilt
Aliso Creek
2013.6.20
black-necked stilt
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
black-necked stilt
Aliso Creek
2013.6.27
Brandt's Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus, CORMORANT FAMILY
Brandt's cormorant
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
Brandt's cormorant
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
Brandt's cormorant
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
Brandt's cormorant
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
Brewer's Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus, BLACKBIRD SUBFAMILY
bird
female
UCI
Brewer's blackbird
male (left) and female (right)
San Diego Creek Trail
2012.4.18
Brewer's blackbird
male with malformed feet
Fashion Island
2013.3.22
Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, PELICAN FAMILY
brown pelican
Upper Newport Bay
brown pelican
San Diego Creek Trail
brown pelican
juvenile(?) with cormorant
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
Brown Pelican
American White Pelican
at top of frame
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
brown pelican
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
brown pelican
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
brown pelican
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
2010.11.22
brown pelicans
V-formation
Laguna Beach
2012.7.7
brown pelicans
close-up
Laguna Beach
2012.7.7
brown pelican
chick-feeding pelican
Mason Regional Park
2014.6.19
Cactus Wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus, WREN FAMILY, video
California Gnatcatcher, Polioptila californica, OLD WORLD WARBLER FAMILY
California gnatcatcher
Upper Newport Bay
2013.9.26
California Thrasher, Toxostoma redivivum, MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY
California thrasher
RSM
2013.4.14
California thrasher
"Who's behind me?"
RSM
2013.4.14
California thrasher
Aliso Creek Trail
2013.4.16
Common Raven, Corvus corax, CROW AND JAY FAMILY
common raven
shaggy throat
Aliso Creek Trail
2013.4.12
common ravens
Aliso Creek Trail
2013.4.16
Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas, WOOD WARBLER SUBFAMILY, video
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, WOODPECKER FAMILY
Nuttall's woodpecker
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1