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This page is a part of the website, with thousands of photos of birds of Argentina
Vist to Seal Beach, CA, USA
30th November - 5th December 2008
Copyright (C) 2008 - Alec Earnshaw

Here is a small collection of photos taken during a business trip to Seal Beach.
I was lucky to have a full day free (the same Sunday I arrived) which I spent at the Bolsa Chica nature reserve in Huntington, from about 10 am till dusk. Two further short early-morning excursions to a golf course next to the hotel helped me get a few more species. Below are the photos I took during this trip.

This page has 158 photos including 45 bird species (12 of which are also found in Argentina).
This trip allowed me to obtain my first photos of 4 species also present in Argentina.

Many thanks to Bob Schallmann (Conservation Program Manager - Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach ) and Terry Rich (US F&W Service) for checking the photos and help me sort out some similar species.

Thanks for visiting ths page - Alec Earnshaw
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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Signpost at the Visitor's Center

View of the Visitor's Center.
Inside there are informative posters, brochures, a very interesting collection of specimens and even somre live reptiles. You can also purchase a lovely callendar and other merchandise.

Birds have right of way here - quite rightly!
Some areas are out of bounds, but the reserve has plenty of trails to walk along, visiting a wide diversity of habitats.
I started my walk mid-monring and still foggy, setting off from the visitor's center at the north edge of the reserve. Mind the rattlesnakes - though I saw none!
One of the first birds of the day was this female Northern Harrier that fortunately hovered very close to me
Lovely habitat of brackish waters that connect to the sea, so are subjected to sides, and this determines when the shorebirds can best be seen.
At low tide flocks of small sandpipers fly all the time, in this case Sanderlings.
A group of American Avocet - what a beautiful bird!
I finished at the south end of the lagoon, there were lots of gulls...
...and Double-crested Cororants too!

Also the 2 species of Pelicans were there. This photo, however, was taken a day or two later at a golf course in Seal Beach.

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe


Brown Pelican

White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Snowy Egret


Northern Harrier

Cooper's Hawk


American Wigeon


Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Greeen-winged Teal


Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveller

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

American Coot

American Avocet

Black-backed Stilt

Black-bellied Plover


Marbled Godwit


(Short-billed?) Dowitcher


Spotted Sandpiper



Western Gull

Forster's Tern


Mourning Dove


Allen's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Black Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

White-crowned Sparrow (2 adult and 1 immature)


California Ground Squirrel
- Spermophilus beecheyi

Western Fence Lizard - Sceloporus occidentalis

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