Birds and Mud Volcanoes

California USA, 2 October 2016

With Jeni Bate of Skyscapes for the Soul . ..

(Click on any image for a larger view).

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

We headed off for the southern end of the Salton Sea.  On the way we encountered some chickens on the road.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

Large black chickens with red heads.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

… or turkey cultures, if you prefer.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

Our first intended stop was the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge.  These are probably sandhill cranes, flying overhead.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

This is probably a great blue heron.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

… with an egret or two out of focus in the background.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

Not far from the wildlife refuge is an outcrop of  small mud volcanoes.

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This is a reminder of the San Andreas Fault and subterranean heat.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

Not far away is the Elmore Geothermal Facility.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife .

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

Normally I’d reduce this in size so images are roughly equal in area, but I’ll leave it as it is. We are at Calipatria, just south of the Salton Sea. We are at 56 metres below sea level (184 feet, or more than 30 fathoms). The top of the flag pole represents where the surface of the ocean would be if a fissure opened from the Gulf of California. I have read that it is a home-made construction and given that we are on or near the San Andreas Fault, one should not stand too close in the event of an earthquake.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife

We are now back at Salton City and I am photographing hummingbirds in Jeni’s back yard.

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Black-chinned hummingbirds.

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife .

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Birds, Desert, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Salton Sea, Travel, Wildlife .

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6 comments on “Birds and Mud Volcanoes

  1. Maybe we will have a hummingbird nest again this spring – I’ve seen one or two around my yard. The hummingbird feeder however is on its last legs and I will be replacing it soon.

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  2. We also get Costa’s and Anna’s – according to NatGeo Birds of North America range for them it’s just the three we’re likely to see. I’ve seen both, plus a huge one about 10 years ago that was the size of a finch, and one that was half the size of an average hummer and didn’t seem to be a juvenile. Couldn’t tell what species either of them were from the markings.

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