2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs

From June 12th to the 20th, the San Diego Natural History Museum science team focused their mission on Cottonwood Springs and the Pinto Basin at the southeastern corner of Joshua Tree National Park. I had my 50th High School reunion to attend, but joined the group on the 15th and stayed to the end. The … Read more

2017 June in Joshua Tree National Park

My trip to Joshua Tree National Park was not without its surprises. I promised to wait one month before speaking of one of them, but there is a good reason for the delay. I’m sure you’ll agree when I finally get permission to speak about it. My friend Sula found a seed pod in doing … Read more

2017-05-28 Red Hill At The Salton Sea

Travelling south after my expedition with the San Diego Natural History Museum to Horse Thief Springs (read more of that trip HERE) in the Mojave Desert, I could not bring myself into a bee-line for home. I thought a pass by the Salton Sea might be worthwhile. When I travel, I try to find highways I’ve … Read more

2017-05-23~27 Horse Thief Springs

The Bird and Mammal team from the San Diego Natural History Museum launched an expedition nearly 300 miles north to the north-east flanks of the Kingston Mountains, about 75 miles south of Death Valley and 12 miles from the Nevada border at a site called Horse Thief Springs. Our plan was to stay for eight … Read more

Rat Theater Version 2.1

I’ve been consumed all this month getting the images from the boat cruize processed. Recently Scott Tremor (San Diego Natural History Museum) and I camped out in our local desert to trap and photograph species to improve the offerings for the Mammal Atlas. Our primary target was the Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat. We had good images … Read more

2016 Final Mojave Excursion: Birds

Perhaps it was because of the cool weather, perhaps because it was the final expedition of the season, or the combination of team members on this trip, but there was a more laid-back air about this trip than its predecessors. Our mammal team had about a 20% catch rate in their traps, which is about … Read more

2016 Final Mojave Excursion: Mammals

Camping at the Granite Well site has been the coldest excursion of all the museum outings. It is good that this is the last outing until spring next year. On this trip the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum included ornithologists and mammalogists. We also enjoyed the company of a member from … Read more

2016-11-29 Tuesday At Cottonwood Spring

Some of you may recall I stayed at this location at the end of September with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum. It was my first serious session photographing in the “Rat Theater“. I was so preoccupied with my rodent subjects, I neglected some birds that were at the springs. I … Read more

2016 – November Birds In The Mojave

When I’m camping with the science team from the San Diego Natural History Museum, I try to find time to chase birds. Autumn migration can provide some nice surprises, but there are several residents that can usually be found in the area. The Black-Throated Sparrow, the Cactus Wren, the Rock Wren, the Bewick’s Wren and … Read more