Taken in Del Mar, San Diego County, CA. This estuary lies along the coast just north of Del Mar Racetrack and downtwon Del Mar. There's a nature trail around the estuary on dry ground just above the marshes and high tide line. This is a couple of Black-necked Stilts surrounded by sandpipers. These birds were foraging in the shallows of a higher, mostly freshwater portion of the estuary where creek water pushes the tide back out. Tidal estuaries are rare in California due in part to the steep CA coastline and because in the past 100 years most of these marshlands were drained and filled for development or dredged to build marinas. Many of the remaining estuaries were blocked from the ocean by roadways. We're only beginning to see the value of these wetlands and their connection to the ocean food chain. Now we're reopening these estuaries to the ocean by buildng bridges with inlets for seawater and removing invasive, non-native plants.
For these bird shots I could have added the EC-14 to the 50-200 mm lens for longer reach, but this is what I had on the camera at the time. E-3 and 50-200 mm lens at 200 mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/640 sec, hand held.