Place: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, Van Nuys, California
Coordinates: 34.1725, -118.4692
The morning that followed our hike in Solstice Canyon we planned to have an early stroll at the wildlife refuge closest to our host's house: the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. Another friend had joined us and so, armed with our cameras, we left for the Reserve.
What was supposed to be a quick stroll to find some hummingbirds had, in fact, filled up our entire morning. That's because there was plenty to see there beside hummingbirds :-)
Red-winged Blackbird, male, tricolored.
|Other bird-watchers across the lake. Notice all the nests in the trees above.|
|A crayfish the chikas found on the shore. They cared to return it to the water after the photograph was taken.|
This species was new to us:
|Allen's Hummingbird, male.|
|Anna's hummingbird performing aerobatics.|
|Great Blue Heron|
American White Pelican
In the bushes Papa Quail spotted a bird species new to him: the Common Yellowthroat. They were very quick to fly but Papa Quail managed a quick shot of them.
Here's the male:
|Common Yellowthroat, male|
|Common Yellowthroat, female.|
|A Mallard and a Hooded-Merganser. Both male.|
|Wood Duck, male, and Mallard, female.|
We slowly completed the loop around the lake.
|Western Tiger Swallowtail|
Many thanks to our friends, Ofer Dub and Green Thumb for taking us to this wonderful place!
An update from August 22, 2014, The Sepulveda Basin is up in flames. A brush wildfire that started near the Van Nuys Airport. It just breaks my heart to know that all this beauty has now turned to ashes.