I love the pictures. In california we often saw the pelicans dive bombing the water. Egrets and herons are plentiful here a I love to watch the heron take off slowly a then glide over the ponds 70 days ago
What a great treat, to see all your birding pictures!! You have a positive talent for finding the very best places to stay, and are clearly enjoying this one to the max!!
I pulled out my Stokes Birds (sitting on the window sill next to the kitchen table, natch, with my binoculars) and I'm wondering whether this gorgeous hawk is a broad winged hawk? About 15", tail length 3/4 wing width, wing length about twice width -- and those horizontal breast bars. Hawks are notoriously difficult to ID because there are so many "morphs" with different and confusing variations!!
Love the osprey nests, the ibises and the whole wetlands ambiance . . . FLOWERS growing outside!!!