After 35 years one of these birds has returned to Orange County (apparently there are a few in San Diego I was just told). Today was most interesting. After being on this site for about two years I had the pleasure of meeting for the 1st time another Canon user and a true gentleman. His moniker here is LSV. I had admired his photos of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron which has not been seen in southern Cal since 1977. One was recently spotted at the Bolsa Chica Reserve. I drove there today (near Huntington Bch area) and contacted LSV as he had offered his cell phone for when I arrived for further assistance. There is no way - no how would I have ever located this bird as a)the Bolsa Chica Preserve is several acres of wetlands b)this bird was not in an obvious place at all. Hidden under a leafless tree, in the water and well shaded off a dirt trail. LSV showed me the precise location and wallah..there was the Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Here's one of 10 excellent shots that I was able to snap off. Note the blown out background was necessary as the bird was almost black due to the excessive shade and well lit background.Yellow Heron
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