May 16, 2011

Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Huntington Beach, California


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© John Corney 2011
 The Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, California, once was and is again an estuary. An estuary is a body of water where fresh water meets and mixes with saltwater, and for many decades the Bolsa Chica estuary was cut off from the sea and drilled for oil. Construction on a bridge on Pacific Coast Highway began in 2006 to allow for the opening of the wetlands to the sea once again which happened in 2008. In addition, over 60 oil wells and associated machinery and pipelines were removed.

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a great place to visit any day of the year, but in the winter and into the early spring you will find many migratory birds wintering over.

Here are some photos of birds at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands that I took this past April.

2 comments:

Denise Leach said...

I just now got a chance to look at the shots from Bolsa Chica. OMG, so impressive! You're "nature action shots" are truly a thing of beauty...and I am envious :) You captured some great "in flight" moments in that shoot, especially with the Forster's Tern dives. Awesome tracking of the subjects!

John C said...

Thank you, Denise. As you know, I took a lot of shots, and many of them had to be trashed. I'm sure you captured some equally wonderful shots yourself. Looking forward to seeing them.

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