Monday, October 24, 2011

A short visit to Devereux Slough

I made a quick visit to Devereux Slough which is located west of the UCSB campus.  I wanted to check out the birding.  The last time I was in the area was about twenty years ago.  Back then you could drive past the Devereux School and park your car a short walk from the beach.  That has now been closed to the public and there is UCSB permit parking only.  It's now a good hike from the main road to the foot path that circles the slough. 

Sign at Devereux Slough
The area is protected and you can only hike around the parameter of the place.

However, I was able to get some pictures of birds from the path the followed the road on the east side of the slough.  It was a foggy day and will return on a sunny day to spend more time photographing the area.
American Coots
Snowy Egrets
Snowey Egret
Greater Yellowlegs, a large Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
I believe this is an immature male Northern Shoveler.  Notice the spoonbill shape of it's bill.
Northern Shoveler
Northen Shoveler
Northen Shovelers, Female and Male
Northern Shovelers, Females

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