Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Oregon lifers

 I am linking up a few of my Oregon lifers with Wild Bird Wednesday  and Nature Notes

Three of my lifers were the Rhinceros Auklet, Brandt's Cormorant and the Tufted Puffin all three seen on the Oregon Coast.
 
This photo above of the Rhinoceros Auklet  belongs to Wikipedia_Rhinoceros_Auklet. Seeing the Rhinoceros Auklet below in the Sea Lion Caves made the visit to the caves for me. But, the sea lions were cool too.


It was dark inside the caves, when I notice three of these birds close to where I was standing watching the sea lions. One was an adult feeding two juveniles. My photo is not the best but if you look very hard LOL, you can see a bit of the horn ( present in breeding birds) and the white plumes above the eyes. . I actually had great views with my binocs since they let so much light in and the three birds were only just on the other side of the fence from where I stood.. They feed on small fish and nest in seabird colonies.


Another one of my lifers was the Brandt's Cormorant.  The breeding Brandt's Cormorant has a blue throat pouch. I was able to catch one of the adult Cormorants showing off his/hers pretty blue pouch. They dive for their food and feed off of small fish.


Edit; Sorry, but this Puffin is the town's mascot and is a statue. I did take the photo but it is not a real Puffin. LOL, pretty life-like statue though!  Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock are known to be breeding areas for the Tufted Puffin.

This was another one of my lifers. Not really, LOL! I did not get a photo of it but, we were able to see the Tufted Puffin twice with my binocs flying in and out of the Haystack Rock on Cannon beach. T

he Tufted Puffin is also known as the Crested Puffin. The yellow tufts appear on both sexes during the breeding season. They nest in grassy sides of cliffs or on the grassy side of the Haystack Rock. I did read their feet turn a bright red in the summer.

 Haystack rock  was a big attraction on Cannon beach. At low tides the tidal pools were great and you could see nesting birds all over the rock. This side shows the grassy side at the top of the rock.

To see more beautiful birds and nature photos please visit Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

Thanks to Stewart the host of Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle the host of Nature Notes. Also, thank you for stopping by to see my post. Happy Birding and I hope the rest of your week is great.

50 comments:

Linda said...

These are great shots! You have so much knowledge about birds - I see them, wonder what they are, and try to photograph. But I rarely know what to call them...I always enjoy reading about your adventures.

Sue said...

Puffins-how funny looking. I'll know to keep an eye out for them next month when we are there. You've been really helping me plan our trip-thanks!

Dan Huber said...

congratulations on really cool life birds Eileen. love the photos

Stewart M said...

Great birds to see - I love Puffins, but they dont get this far south.

The cave sounds like it would have been really interesting.

Stewart M

Linda Gross said...

Nice picture of the Rhinceros Auklet. How cool that you were able to capture the Brandt's Cormorant showing off its blue throat pouch.

Montanagirl said...

You captured some good images. That Puffin sure is colorful!

Gattina said...

What a strange bird this Tufted Puffin !!
I have never seen such a bird, looks like out of a Disney movie !

TexWisGirl said...

definitely a different range of birds, there. :) love the auklet!

rainfield61 said...

The "Tufted Puffin"is huge and beautiful.

Chris said...

Wow the auklet is magnificent! i guess it did the tour for you. I also love your puffin picture ;-)

George said...

It's wonderful that you can have a marvelous vacation and add to your lifer list at the same time. I think you did a great job getting the photos inside the sea lion cave.

A Quiet Corner said...

Great pix and lovely descriptions...:)JP

Rohrerbot said...

You shock me more....the Puffin is a dream bird for me to film in flight or just hanging around. That Auklet is a stunner. Incredible birding around these cliffs.

Carole M. said...

I liked the first bird and remembered it's name to write but then saw the Brandt's Cormorant and thought W. O. W!!

Les fous du cap said...

Hi !
Great pictures ;-)
Céline & Philippe

wildlifewatcher said...

Hiu Eileen, I have never seen any of these birds - and wow how exotic are those Puffins? Excellent pictures. Have a great Wed. tomorrow!

DIMI said...

Amazing shots!!So beautiful views!!Iam fan of all the birds!Have a great day my friend!
Dimi...

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen..What an intriguing spot to see...the birds are gorgeous...esp. like the Cormorant with the blue pouch ..great!!!
Grace

EG CameraGirl said...

You sure added quite a few lifers to your list when you went to Oregon!

Leora said...

My reaction to your birds this week: they are kind of funny looking! In a fun loving way. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge.

Brian King said...

Those are cool lifers! I've seen none of them. Love Haystack rock! That's awesome!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fantastic sightings! I've only seen the puffins once in my life (in all those Oregon years and summers -- not counting at the aquarium.) I swear you are the best birder ever.

mick said...

Great photos and all those "lifers" are very special.

NatureFootstep said...

is there more then one Puffin? This looks cool too. :) Three lifers, adn great birds too. That´s a great day. Thanks for sharing. .)

Hanne Bente said...

Very nice image series showing.
Hanne Bente

Phil said...

Three lifers! Wow Eileen that was an exciting day and a change from seeing woodland warblers and orioles.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What great photos, the fourth photo he looks like a statue!

Bob Bushell said...

The Puffin is a special bird, in England it's known as simply Puffin. It has bright coloured bill, and it is hard to get close to them. I hope to go to one of breeding places, I hope I can get some pictures.

i stora drag said...

Such nice photos of the birds! The puffin looks very cool and quite sweet too, I've never seen one.
Greetings Pia

caite said...

puffins are just so darn cute, aren't they? great pics.

Nancy Claeys said...

So beautiful -- that last photo reveals much raw power in the landscape. :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My are you kidding me...one of my favorite places, ever in my whole life since I was a child...Haystack Rock is just part of who I am in my memories for decades now, and now I learn that there are Puffins there and I never knew...oh my, one of my favorite life birds, just have to visit there again...but next September, not this coming month. brilliant image shares~

Andrew said...

Wonderful images of all your lovely birds but the Puffin really stands out..it's a beauty.

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures! Congratulations on your three lifers.

Kusum said...

Nice post, the puffin looks great!

Linda Kittmer said...

I love puffins. They're such funny birds to watch. I got some greet shots of them on our trip to Newfoundland in 2010.

Gary said...

Those puffins are incredible!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots, the Oregon coast is great place and particularly Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Thanks for sharing these birds.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what amazing birds!

missing moments said...

Great shots Eileen. Canon beach is awesome but I was unaware of the birdlife when we were there. I'll HAVE to go back!

Adam Jones said...

Lovely photos you've captured.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love visiting your nature blog! You find fabulous critters.

Rambling Woods said...

Congrats on the lifers..how exciting Eileen...Michelle

Jean said...

Eileen, I am so darn jealous! Congrats on the very cool additions to your Life List and the great pics.

Cloudy said...

Habe so einen noch nie gesehen, gibt´s bei uns auch nicht, glaube kaum...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Indrani said...

The shot of the puffin is too good.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

ok, so you said the Puffin was not your picture.,..but is that REAL or is it a sculpture?? wow!!

i never even heard of a Rhinoceros Auklet!! wow! another LIFER! congratulations!!

Hilda R.B said...

Nice series. Beautiful sunset.
Hilda

Neil said...

Beautiful photos.

Hilke Breder said...

Marvelous photos, Eileen. Congrats on the lifers!