A pre-scheduled birding event today at Oso Lake in Rancho Santa Margarita proved to be well worth while. For one the lighting on subject matter was superb. There was sparse glaring sun and even gray overcast which assisted with stellar images of a House Wren, California Thrasher, California Towhee, and a male and female Killdeer guarding 4 eggs in the middle of an unpaved road.
With respect to the Killdeer, they typically lead enemies away from their rocky nests by putting on a broken wing act. In this photo the female has also raised her tail feathers up high indicating to keep away.
The total count today was 37 different species in all. An eBird checklist of today’s findings can be found here.