2012-08-23 Late Summer On Santa Rosa Mountain

Juvenile Western Bluebirds were fun to watch on this Thursday in late August while I visited Santa Rosa Mountain. I find these birds are at their most attractive as juveniles. Feathers are fresh, colors are crisp, and the birds are a little less shy. I found them downslope where the road crosses the Garnet Queen … Read more

2012-08-01 Lindo Lake Solitary Strike-Out

I’m always late to chase. I’d heard a Solitary Sandpiper was present at Lindo Lake, and though the reports were merely days old, it was clear to all present the bird had ‘flown the coop’. Guy McCaskie even showed up this Wednesday and made it official … announcing the bird was gone. Yet again this … Read more

2012-06-16 A Pelagic Trip With Dave Povey

A pelagic bird is a specialist of the deep ocean. These birds rarely approach shorelines, and when they do, it is only for nesting. Remote rocky islands are the usual places these birds nest, so the only way to meet these birds is from a boat capable of navigating 20 or more miles out to … Read more

2012-06-10 A Weekend in Idyllwild

I spent an early June weekend with my ex in Idyllwild, a quaint little town nestled a mile high under the peaks of San Jacinto Mountain. Idyllwild has shopping for artsy stuff scattered around the center of town, which appeals to my ex, and nearby restaurants and scenery which appeals to me. There are trails … Read more

2012-06-03 San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park

Aviaries at the San Diego Zoo were on my radar for my trip to Balboa Park this day. I’d purchased a year’s pass earlier when I took an interest in the nesting wild birds at the Safari Park, so I thought why not exploit the captive birds in the walk through aviaries? Visits to these … Read more

2012-05-17 San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park

I wanted to get my money’s worth from the one year pass to the zoo before it expired. My motivation to purchase the pass was the access I wanted to the nesting egrets and ibis at the Safari Park. On my walk through the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park this day I captured several … Read more

2012-05-06 Zoo’s Safari Park Again

Knowing the annual pass for the zoo I bought to gain access to the nesting colonies of egrets and Ibis was due to expire soon, I made three visits to both the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park in May and June 2012. While the creatures in their collections are often amazing, I still … Read more

2012-04-28 Shameless Zoo Captures At Safari Park

Still interested in following the progress of the nesting colonies of local Ibis and egrets, I drove on a Saturday to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park near Escondido. I visited briefly with the nesting colonies, but I spent a good deal of time capturing images of some amazing birds in the zoo’s collection. Birds … Read more

2012-04-24 Chula Vista Again

Low tide was early on this Tuesday morning. The mudflats at J Street were alive with waterfowl and shorebirds. I don’t get as many opportunities as I’d like to spend time with Blue-Winged Teals, but this morning I was able to enjoy their company. Red Knots are some of the most well-travelled birds in the … Read more