Driving back an forth to Huntington Beach which we prefer to the beach at Seal Beach, we pass an entrance to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve so we decided to stop and do the hike up to the WW II Battery 155 and to photograph the pelicans, herons and egrets. The hike is around a 1.5 mile around the wetlands. No dogs or bikes permitted.
|Starting Our Hike|
|Overall View of Wetlands|
Bolsa Chica is part of an historic Mexican land grant and means Little Bag. The earliest peoples were native Indians dating back over 8,000 years. Over 321 migratory birds have been sighted here in the last decade. Over 30,000 people visit here annually and it is a popular hiking, photography and bird watching area. Be aware that the reserve is also home to several types of snakes from king to rattlers. The area has met with controversy over the years for development of homes and a marina. Fortunately most of the wetlands was preserved.
|Spotted a Fish|
|Pelican in Flight|
|Egret in Flight|
|View of Wetlands from Battery|
|Note Housing and Oil Wells in Background|
|Enjoying the Hike|