2017-08-07 Warner Valley With The SDNHM Team

The science team from the San Diego Natural History team have taken on a project to survey the biology at several inland wetland areas. I missed out on the previous trip to the San Felipe Valley due to personal projects at home. I’m preparing to get underway for a rather long excursion through the intermountain … Read more

2017-07-22 Killdeer Chicks at Rattlesnake Creek

After breakfast yesterday I chased the killdeer chicks at the Community Park in Poway along Rattlesnake Creek that my good friends Charlie and Kirsten told me about. It wasn’t the best light, but I found the birds and spent perhaps 15 minutes with them. Though there was about 50 feet between me and the birds, … Read more

2017-06-01 Nesting at Border Field

I drove down to Border Field this morning and met with the biology team surveying the California Least Terns (endangered) and Western Snowy Plovers (threatened). Both species struggle with habitat issues. The coastal beaches and wetlands they require for nesting have been decimated by human development. I’m not sure if I made any worthwhile captures, … Read more

2017-05-17 Nesting Season At The South Bay Saltworks

  It’s always a good day when visiting the nesting sites at the Saltworks, especially when it includes spending time with wildlife biologists Brian, Robert, Lea and Kate. On my way down to the rendezvous with the biology team this morning I made a pass by the mudflats at J Street, hoping to get the … Read more

2017-05-15 South San Diego Bay

I obligated myself to providing a ride for a friend to the San Diego airport and thought it might be worthwhile to stick my nose into some of my old South Bay birding haunts. My first stop on this morning was at Chula Vista Bayfront Park off J Street. I arrived at the near minimum … Read more

2017-03-20 Monday’s Flowers At Anza-Borrego

I felt the need this morning to get “out in the world”. I set my sights on Borrego Springs. Swainson’s Hawks are migrating and the flowers should be interesting about now. I left Poway early, but probably not early enough. I waited to get to Borrego before stopping for breakfast at Kendall’s. It was busy … Read more

Rat Theater Version 2.1

I’ve been consumed all this month getting the images from the boat cruize processed. Recently Scott Tremor (San Diego Natural History Museum) and I camped out in our local desert to trap and photograph species to improve the offerings for the Mammal Atlas. Our primary target was the Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat. We had good images … Read more

2017-01-17: A Great Day At The Salton Sea

  It was a great day at the Salton Sea yesterday. I arrived too late Monday for any work photographically, but it allowed me to be there at first light, which was wonderful. I spent the night sleeping in my van near “Unit 1” on Vendel Road. Debbie Merrill drove there Tuesday morning, and we … Read more

2016-10-30 Sunday At The Salton Sea With The New Nikon D5 Camera

2016-10-31 Monday (apologies for the semi-technical nature of this post) Yesterday I drove to the Salton Sea to test out my new camera. I know a place along the southeastern shore at the terminus of Young road that is reliable to find gulls in flight at close range. The Nikon D5 is a camera built for … Read more