2012-12-27 Del Mar Margaret Fleming Nature Trail

There is a small corner of Torrey Pines State Park in Del Mar that does not get the attention that the bluffs get. It is understandable though, the bluffs above the beach are breathtaking. However, on the north side of the Penasquitos Valley, between residential developments, is a 200 acre reserve annexed to the state … Read more

2012-08 August Yardbirds

I took a lot of images of Lesser Goldfinches the month of August 2012. I used them as subjects to experiment with different photo techniques. These birds are my most numerous avian guests, so why not exploit the resource? At the time I was still feeding seeds to my bird neighbors, but I’d scaled back … Read more

2013-08-09 Agua Dulce Again

Agua Dulce Creek is a popular birding destination for the local San Diego birding community. On my way to visit this place I stopped first at the town center of Mount Laguna and met a Northern Flicker. Repeat visits to many locations is a good strategy for discovering new actors, new scripts and scores on … Read more

2014-12-08 San Diego Botanic Gardens

I set out very early to visit the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas California. People had been reporting Varied Thrushes there, and I wished to spend some time with these stunning birds. I did not know the park’s opening time was 9am, and I was met with a closed gate. Exploring the neighborhood seemed … Read more

2018-05 More Moments With Yardbirds

This past week I’ve been sneaking an hour or so in the late afternoon (when the light is favorable) to break from my projects and spend time with some of my yardbirds. Sometimes it’s enough to just listen to them sing, as spring is a great time for songs. Local singing emanates from resident Spotted … Read more

2012-07-13 A ‘Ruff” Day At Famosa Slough

On Friday the 13th I had a scheduled errand to deliver a friend to the airport and launch her on a trip to the UK. After getting her there and helping with all the luggage issues, I decided on a Point Loma breakfast and later to visit the Famosa Slough. The early morning lighting there is … Read more