Salton Sea - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Bird In A Dead Tree During Twilight At The Salton Sea

Bird In A Dead Tree During Twilight At The Salton Sea

A dead tree with large birds nests stands on the playa on the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea. This is a single frame from one of several time lapse sequences I recently shot around the Salton Sea (video coming soon). While reviewing the frames, I noticed this bird appearing on the tree. It looks like it might be an owl, but I'm not certain.

This area was once under water, but the sea is now rapidly drying up due to changes in water apportionments agreed upon for the Colorado River under the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) of 2003.

The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California's Imperial and Coachella valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside Counties in Southern California. Its surface is 236.0 ft (71.9 m) below sea level as of January 2018. The deepest point of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as agricultural runoff, drainage systems, and creeks.