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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.

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

2013-01-22 Bayfront Park In Chula Vista

Chula Vista Bayfront Park is positioned between the Chula Vista Marina and San Diego Bay. I make a point of visiting this place whenever I’m on errands nearby, but it often warrants a visit on its own merits. Wintering along the bay shore may be Brant, Surf Scoters, grebes and other divers near the shore. … Read more

2014-10-21 Poe Road And The Salton Sea

When I drive to the Salton Sea from my home in San Diego County, I usually make Poe Road my first stop. Not only is it the first access road to the sea on the route I drive, it has provided me with some nice bird encounters over the years. One morning I met and … Read more

2014-09-23 At The San Luis Rey River Mouth

The still and brackish waters at the mouth of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside California can be attractive to migratory birds passing by on their southbound route from the far north. The stream only pours into the sea during heavy rains. Most of the year it stalls at the sand berm that separates … Read more

2014 Late July At The Salton Sea

Whoever said ‘you must suffer for your art’ must have been thinking about photographing birds at the Salton Sea in mid-summer. Temperatures here often elevate to over 115°F in the shade. Standing in the midday sun, trying to catch an image, is a test of one’s endurance, fortitude, patience and sanity. Not that the birds … Read more

2017-08-12 Driving Up The Colorado River

I’ll be spending the next few days driving north into the Inter Mountain States. I’ll be meeting with a friend in Salt Lake City to spend a few days hunting birds in the reserves in the area before we move on to see the eclipse on the 21st. I left the Salton Sea early this … Read more

2017-08-11 Salton Sea Sunsets

Choosing to add a few more “features” to my RV delayed the launch of my expedition into the inter-mountain west. I might have taken Interstate 15 on my way to Salt Lake, as that would have been the preferred track of my guidance system, but a reported a one hour traffic delay only 50 miles … Read more

2017-04-19 Salton Sea at Bowles Road Overlook

The Bowles Road overlook is on the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea. I found this location many years ago when exploring the edges of the sea from another favorite location at Lack and Lindsay Roads. The level of the sea was higher at the time I found this place, but even now the road … Read more

2016-05-06 Tule Lake

I’ve been waffling about which route would carry my homeward. One choice would drive me further east in Oregon before finding Highway 395 south. Such a path would add many miles and at least a day to my trip, so I opted for a general backtrack, but through Alturas in Modoc County. On my trip … Read more