Clair & Susan giving their keynote 
presentation at the Banquet


Salton Sea International Bird Festival
Feb 18-21, 2005
Guide- Bob Miller

Photographs from the 8th annual Salton Sea International Bird Festival.

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Day 3 - Sunday: Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area Tour (continued)


The flowers and greenery made it hard to picture this place as a desert that gets hot!
This male Anna's Hummingbird was enjoying the flowers as well.  Fringe-toed Lizards were starting to come out and enjoy the sun.  This little one had a run in with someone and was missing a bit of tail.

Anna's Hummingbird

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

This gives you a good visual image of how much the dunes really move!!  In the pic below, Picacho Peak can be seen on the horizon to the left and the Cargo Muchachos Mountains in the middle. Picacho Peak is over 30 miles away at this point!

These lizards are one of the main foods that the Red-tailed Hawks are carrying back to young in their nests this time of year.  This dead Palo Verde, the one in the foreground and the ones beyond all had their start at about the same ground level.

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

The vehicle is waiting for us to the left of the radio tower visible near the railroad tracks in this pic. That is over one and a half miles away. 

Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area

Water patterns 

Rain the night before had run flash floods into the pockets and there were some areas that we had to skirt around because they were flooded.  

Coming out of the desert

Rabbits in the head lights!

Daniel at our ride home

The bus was a welcome sight after about four miles of walking through the desert. Funny part was that it did not appear to get any closer as we walked toward it!

Day 4 - Monday: Salton Sea Tour

We caught the sunrise at Unit One of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR where the white geese put on a fantastic show.  These three trees along Garst Road are one of the most photographed spots on the Salton Sea.

Red Hill and the Salton Sea

Peregrine Falcon

This Peregrine Falcon likes to perch in those trees and most people do not realize it till they get home and look at their pictures!
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Photos Bob Miller