I spent a great deal of time yesterday cataloging pictures since I seem to be getting behind…. way behind…. maybe if I quit taking 500 pictures a day…. hmmm.
My daily file folders through March 24, 2012, are now all cataloged.
One of the things that I do when I catalog the picture is crop it. With bird pictures, cropping allows me to determine if I can at least use the picture to identify the bird.
Here are some of the crops; pictures with no bird name means I haven’t identified the bird yet. If you’d like to leave a comment with bird names, please feel free to. It will make my life (i.e., my bird identification tasks) so much easier.
Picture 10 – Anna’s hummingbird
Picture 12 — American kestrel (?)
All pictures were taken at the Tecolote Canyon Nature Park on March 24, 2012.
I went birdwatching early this morning with the San Diego Beginning Birders. We headed out to Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, a place that I had never explored before even though it’s right across the freeway from SeaWorld San Diego:
Although I saw a lot of interesting birds, including an American kestrel, I didn’t really get any good pictures. My 250mm lens is great for the birds at my bird feeders but still too short for out-in-the-wild birdwatching. Christmas….
However, I was more intrigued by a plant that I found near the visitor center:
That’s a California tree poppy (Romneya coulteri), also known as a Matilija poppy and a fried egg plant. It is native to southern California and northern Mexico.
It has the largest flowers of any species native to California, with flowers usually about eight inches in diameter but capable of getting up to twelve inches in diameter.
It was nominated in 1890 for California state flower but lost to the California poppy. I would have voted for the tree poppy.
Here are some more pictures.
One thing I discovered about this plant is that you have to be very careful around it: