First off a Happy Birthday (yesterday) to my wonderful wife Karen! We have had so many good birding times together, with many more to come!
One of the last days we were in California last month we walked along Robb Field, which borders a man-made inlet to the Pacific Ocean. Seaworld is on the other side of the wide inlet; there are mud flats within the inlet, too. We walked along the stream that flows out the inlet into the ocean and noticed something interesting. Let’s see if you can figure out what kind of bird this is. Our first clues show the bird underwater:
Can you tell yet what bird it is? Here’s a couple more showing the bird as it dives:
Still not sure what it is? Here’s the bird as it resurfaces:
By now most of you have recognized this as a Bufflehead. A cute little bird that dives under the water for food. I’ve seen lots of Bufflehead dive but I’ve never been able to see them beneath the surface of the water. Perhaps it was the right light or clear water – whatever the reason it was a treat to see this bird in action. Here are a couple more as we usually see Bufflehead. Note the vegetation in its mouth in the first pic below:
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