That was how it was when we visited the two prime birding spots in Orange County: the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary (SJWS) and the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Thankfully, and despite the low water levels, there were still quite a number of birds in these places.
At the SJWS all three species of teals were represented.
The uncommon Reddish Egret was performing its fishing dance.
The long-billed birds were already busy pursuing their morning meals.
The absence of the migratory duck species were compensated by these crested swimmers.
All in all, we had a good birding experience, low water level notwithstanding.