They had the characteristic stripe which identifies Pacific chorus frogs. It runs from the nostril, across the eye. They also have toepads, and according to this reference, no other frogs in their range have these features. Despite how visible they are in these close up images, with the naked eye, they are so dwarfed by their habitat, they might as well be raindrops in a rainforest.
The shorebirds are back, the ones who took flight months ago and flew thousands of miles here to forage and rest; • Hungry Brown Pelicans are chasing the herring and sardines, taking cues from each other as they amass with the tides; • Little sea otters are growing up, learning to swim, dive and find mussels under the tutelage of mom (otter dads don’t help);
I originally named this portrait "Standing Room Only." I'd never seen a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) creep chest-high into a pool -- then just stand there forever like a Japanese snow monkey.
The color white represents catharsis in alchemy. It's the point at which a blackened substance, through heat and reactivity, develops a white crust and then puffs into a cloud inside the alchemist's flask. It's the stage at which future possibilities become apparent as a material is transformed from one to the other. And it's symbolized by a white swan or white eagle.
In this regenerated, re-planted Bolsa Bay, bird calls and murmurs bubble up from the terns, Sanderlings, scoters, avocets, grebes, plovers, pelicans, sparrows, Willets and egrets who call this haven home. The marsh is barely shielded from Pacific Coast Highway, with just a parking lot and thicket separating refuge from roadway.