2015-05-05 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Henderson Nevada near Las Vegas Nevada is a converted water treatment facility that now serves as a bird sanctuary. It lies north of Henderson next to the Las Vegas Wash and is composed of nine ponds with a network of trails that interweave along the levees that separate the … Read more

2015-05-03 Silver Creek

While I was visiting my friends in Bullhead City Arizona, my friend Jack Norris wanted to go camping at a place he’d found while volunteering for ‘search and rescue’. He’d been healing up from severe burns he suffered last fall and only now was he recovered enough the want to venture out for a camp … Read more

2015-04-28 Bill Williams NWR

The Bill Williams NWR is recognized “as a birding area of global importance”. There are many birds that breed in the habitats there, some of which are threatened or endangered. I found it a great place to birdwatch, but a bit frustrating to bird photograph, due to the dense growth of willow, mesquite, cottonwood and … Read more

2015-04-28 Cibola

The community of Cibola Arizona resides along the Colorado River about 25 miles south of Blythe California where the cultivated lands contrast harshly with the surrounding barren desert. Part of the agricultural lands are designated a National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge’s mandate is to keep the geese and cranes out of the farmer’s fields. The goals … Read more

2015-04-28 Ramer Lake

Ramer Lake lies adjacent to the Alamo River and Highway 111 near the Salton Sea. Within the lake are many islands covered in Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) trees that serve as nesting for huge numbers of Cattle Egrets, Double-Crested Cormorants, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets. Competition for nesting spots is intense and heavy demands by these birds … Read more

2015-04-28 SaltonSea

My first ‘real’ stop on this outbound leg of this expedition was at the Salton Sea. I made four stops in the general area. Poe Road, Vendel Road, Lack & Lindsey Roads, and Ramer Lake. My focus, when on bird safaris is often purely on the birds themselves. On this trip I’m making an effort … Read more

2015-03-16 Oceanside Harbor

I needed to get out, and I’d heard through the grapevine that Red-Throated Loons were present at the Oceanside Harbor channel. I pulled into the parking area at sunrise and as soon as I arrived at the rip-rap jetty I could see several of these birds who breed in the very high arctic, but they were … Read more

2015-03-11 Julian to Mt. Laguna

I set off on a quest to photograph Pine Siskins. Two locations that held promise were the Birdwatcher store in Julian and the Visitor’s Center at Mount Laguna. Indeed I found them at both locations, though lighting was less than ideal in both places. I saw the sunrise while climbing the mountain road into Julian … Read more

2015-03 First Week In March

I’ve spent waaaaay too much time of late working on organizing the new shadeTreeImaging.com website. I got a couple of very brief outings and got these images. The images in this set were gathered at Aqua Tibia on the north slope of Palomar Mountain, and at Robb Field in Ocean Beach near the mouth of … Read more