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2019-08-20 Tuesday On The Shores Of Mono Lake

I compare my favorite method for image collection to that of the Great Blue Heron. While the Snowy Egret dances in the shallows to chase prey out of hiding, the Great Blue Heron stays stationary, waiting for its prey to come into view where they are likely to become dinner. I’ve found my best successes often come while I sit on a low folding stool with my camera and tripod in a low stance. By making myself small and quiet, my ‘victims’ tend to accept my presence.

2019-08-17 Klamath Veterans Park

The story of Veteran’s Park this stay was the midges. Millions of black flying bugs too small to provide much of a meal were hovering low over the waters of the river flowing into Lake Ewauna. All the birds not committed to a fish diet were pursuing these winged morsels. These insects were ⅝” long … Read more

2012-03-30 Borrego Turkey Shoot

I have mixed feelings about Wild Turkeys in San Diego County. Going back thousands of years, there is no historical or archeological evidence they ever lived here. They were introduced to satisfy the special interests of “sportsmen” who wished to have them here to hunt. Species such as lizards, and other reptiles, along with wild … Read more

2013-05-05 Nesting at the Safari Park

I returned to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park this Sunday morning to spend time with the free range birds that exploit the facilities here for nesting. I was not disappointed with my timing, as I was on my two visits early in the season. Egrets, ibis, coots and other birds were engaged in rearing … Read more

2014 Early August Around Mono Lake

During my stay with friends Carmine and Mark at June Lake California, I made several excursions in the surrounding area’s well known (and some not so well known) scenic attractions. Below are my recollections about the times I spent in the Mono Lake basin. The entire region is laced with evidence of a volcanic past. … Read more

2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … Read more

2017-09-15 Sacramento Valley Trifecta

Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area The Sacramento NWR mostly had puddle ducks, with a few Raptors and herons. They have not flooded the fields, yet it looks like the preparations (grading and the weeding) have been done. Birds seen there were Great Blue Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, … Read more

2015-06-03 Malheur NWR

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located roughly 30 miles south of the town of Burns Oregon. I arrived in the afternoon after my mud-slinging drive down the BLM Access Road and I spent a few hours around the Visitor Center before driving into Burns, securing lodging and a meal, then hosing down the mess I made … Read more

2015-05-10 Two Days At Antelope Island

One of the true high points of this trip was Antelope Island State Park, north of Salt Lake City in Utah. This is a very compelling place with LOTS to see. Repeat visits are highly recommended. The nearest town to the entrance to this place is Ogden Utah, where I chose to stay during my … Read more

2015-05-07 Otter Creek and Bicknell Bottoms

I left Mount Carmel Junction and headed north on Highway US-89. It’s about a three-hour drive into Bicknell Utah and the but a few minutes south to what the locals call “Bicknell Bottoms”. Of course I found stuff along the road that I had to stop and stare at. The most compelling stop I made on this … Read more