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

2015-02-20 Ranchita to Borrego

This was a day where I wasn’t sure where I’d end up, but I knew it would be a good day as long as I was ‘out in the world’. Tri-colored Blackbirds teased me by keeping their distance at the Warner Springs end of the Montezuma Valley Road. Band-Tailed Pigeons congregated in great numbers further … Read more

2015-02-15 Daley Ranch and Pamo Valley

On this weekend I made two excursions. Saturday found me on a reserve just north of Escondido called The Daley Ranch, located in a high valley in the northern part of town near Dixon Lake. Due to some camera problems, I was only able to capture images very early in the morning. I’m sure to … Read more

2015-02-01 Tijuana River Valley

I decided to head back down to the Tijuana River Valley this ‘Superbowl Sunday” to look for rare birds. I sorta struck out on some, but found some semi-rare birds I hadn’t expected. The Common Goldeneye at the Dairy Mart ‘Stick Pond’ did not pose well, but I took some ID quality shots anyway. While … Read more

2015-01-27 Tijuana River Valley

I went on this day, seeking a reported Eastern Phoebe, a bird not belonging on the west coast (guess we forgot to tell this bird). While I did roam the river valley with my bicycle, all the cooperative birds were around the parking area where the phoebe established its winter home. Some of the bird images … Read more