Blue-Footed Boobies

One of the interesting birds found on Los Islotes (in the Sea of Cortez of Baja, Mexico) was the Blue-footed Boobie (Sula nebouxii). These birds are typically found in tropical Pacific areas, but is a rare summer visitor to California’s Salton Sea. A really neat bird to see, especially with the bold blue feet!   […]

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Aqua Marine

While on the Sea of Cortez, we stopped at Los Espiritos, an island, to do some hiking. As soon as we landed on the beach, I noticed a large Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) soaring overhead. As he soared out over the water, the white feathers on his wings took an appearance of being aqua color, […]

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Target: Baja’s Whale Sharks

As I mentioned in one of the first Baja posts, one of my main “targeted species” of the Baja trip was the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) that often inhabit the Sea of Cortez, just outside the city of La Paz. Shortly after encountering the many Bottle-nose Dolphins while we were in the skiffs, we did […]

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A Beautiful Baja Sunset … With an Added Bonus

During my visits to Baja, at least a few beautiful sunrises and sunsets always seem to be guaranteed. And during my recent trip there, I was able to capture one awesome sunset, with a bonus … a photogenic and unmistakeable Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) wanted in on the fun, also. We were on the Sea […]

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Bottle-nose Dolphins

Once our skiffs arrived at the harbor, we boarded and headed outside La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez. Our target? Whale Sharks! The area just outside La Paz is known as a nursery area where Whale Sharks often feed with their young ones. Earlier in the day, we were told that within the past […]

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Baja, and the “Drunken Sailor Bird”

Today’s post, the last from the beach area of the La Paz harbor, highlights one of my all-time favorite herons, the Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens). If the title of this post sounds a little strange, be aware that this bird is sometimes called “the drunken sailor bird” due to it’s rather unusual feeding habits. When […]

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Back to Baja!

With the American White Pelican posts completed (if you missed any of them, you can click on these 3 links to catch up on these beautiful visitors to our local lake:  “Fun Friday: Contortionist Bird“, “You Know the Migration is On Whenever …“, and “White Pelicans in Flight“), today’s post gets back to my recent […]

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Those Lovable Dolphins

(This post originally published after my 2009 Baja photo trip) We saw several species of Dolphins as we maneuvered the Sea of Cortez … and they were always interesting and fun to be around! A school of Dolphins arrive to ride our bow, a favorite activity of the dolphin, and one that we saw several […]

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Meet Ray(s)

(This post originally published after my 2009 Baja photo trip) Other interesting creatures we saw in the Sea of Cortez were rays, the very large Manta Ray (Manta birostris):   and Smooth-tailed Mobula Rays (Mobula thurstoni), a much smaller version of the Manta Ray: In the above image, you can see Mobula Rays feeding on […]

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Dwarf Sperm Whales

(This post originally published after my 2009 Baja photo trip) During the Sea of Cortez portion of the Baja trip, we also got to see a pair of Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia sima) near the end of our trip. The 2 were spotted as sunset neared, making a beautiful sight for us. The Dwarf Sperm […]

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