Each year during the winter months, usually in January, we head to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico to get away for a winter break. Northern California's weather is never cold, but it is much warmer in Mexico then. We stay at the Royal Solaris Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort in San Jose del Cabo. On the coast of the Sea of Cortez.
One of the many things that I enjoy is bird watching at Estero San José. It is a tropical estuary nature reserve with hiking trails and bountiful bird life. Over the years I have gone to Estero San José many times with my friend George, (he & his wife Laura are our long-time friends & traveling companions), and we always come away feeling refreshed by the hike and the wildlife we observed. Both of us always take our cameras to capture the birds and other creatures as they go about their daily routines in and near the waters of the estuary. Walking along the trail this year, we saw many different aquatic birds big and small, flying and wading, doing their thing.
Great Blue Heron
This magnificent Great Blue Heron posed for several minutes, barely moving a muscle as we took his portrait. The low-flying formation would make several passes, then land all at once and start wading as if they were one.
They all got along with their neighbors ... with a few chirps and tweets when another bird was infringing on another's feeding area, but for the most part, they were very civil.
The two images above are just a few of the many groupings we observed as we hiked the trail.
The usual activity we observed was eating and hunting/fishing. The egrets are the hunters standing in the water waiting for that unsuspecting fish to swim by. Then they strike like lightning and make the catch. Below are two examples of egrets that have made the score and those who stand ready to snap up a passing fish.
The Great Egret was so happy with his catch, but he was not taking any chances. He was headed to the shore with his bounty, so he would not lose it back in the flowing river. This Reddish Egret was the first I had seen. He acted a little different from the great egret in that he would stand still for a short period, and then run to another location if he didn't locate a fish.
We found three Lesser Yellowlegs out of the water, lined up in a row as if they were playing follow-the-leader ... although it was probably just the log they were walking on the gave that appearance.
One of our most amusing sights as we walked the banks of the river was a group of turtles. I know turtles are not aquatic birds, but they are aquatic and were so cute lined up on a log taking in the sun.
In conclusion: Estero San José is a great place to go if you are in San Jose del Cabo during the winter months. The birds are plentiful, and the weather is warm, without the heat of the summer .... when the birds are gone, and you're staying in the water.
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