California Towhee

California Towhee, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, San Diego California

The California Towhees at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma in San Diego, California are among the most secure birds I know of. They happily bounce around underfoot, and allow really close portraits. Unlike the Scrub Jays, they are no caging food from the tourists. They are just going about their Towhee business without regard for the Tourists. It just happens that the paths and sidewalks and parking lots that man makes are ideal hunting grounds. And they are not put off at all by the human traffic. From a photographic standpoint this makes for some wonderful close-up opportunities, as the Towhees, if you are patient and persistent, will pop up along the edge of the trails to some higher perch to pose. As this one did. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/800th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr. View this as large as your device will allow to see the level of feather detail, or go to to view it on my SmugMug site.

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