So, just after nine days at home (including a quick trip to Portland), I began my annual Baja California tour.
The relatively cool, dry weather and birds busily but quietly going about their overwintering activities was quite a change from the wet tropics. We began the tour at the San José del Cabo Estuary.
We saw all the endemics very quickly, and towards the end of the tour took a boat ride on Magdalena Bay. Gray Whales didn’t come right up to our boat, but we had good views despite the very windy and wavy conditions.
On our boat trip, two of us getting in and out of the boat to go to the bathroom on a beach didn’t handle the waves very well. Both of us fell into an incoming wave, which destroyed my camera. So when we had our best views of the endemic Gray Thrasher on our last morning near Todos Santos, I couldn’t resist taking another photo, even thought it had to be with my mobile phone through the Zeiss spotting scope.