2013-05-03 Tijuana River Valley’s Dairy Mart Ponds

The Dairy Mart Ponds and the Bird and Butterfly Gardens are two well-known places along the Tijuana River for attracting unusual birds, especially during migrations. In the 1950s the dairy industry in San Diego County was booming. Growing up in during this era as I did, I can recall the dairy sponsored kids show hosted by … Read more

2014-03-05 Birding At Border Field

It’s a long walk from the designated parking area a few yards from the border with Mexico (hence the name “Border Field”) to reach the beach where the USA and Mexico meet the Pacific Ocean. I use a bicycle with 8” wide tires to carry me and my camera gear the mile or so down … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Swallows (Part 3 of 4)

Swallows in flight are difficult subjects to photograph. When I realized I was overloading on gull and phalarope images, I paid attention to these elusive birds darting low over the water. I may have misidentified some of the Tree Swallow images. I believe there were Bank, Barn, Tree, and Violet-Green Swallows present. Some of the … Read more

2017-04-20 Salton Sea: Bowles Road to Red Hill

I spent the night at Bowles Road and woke up early to find a swarm of tree swallows all around me. It was a bright and clear morning so I took out my camera and chased pixels. Swallows are very flighty subjects and difficult to capture well, but I tried my best. Later I drove … Read more

2015-06-09 Ken Denman Reserve

One of the most pleasant and personally rewarding episodes for me on this expedition was the stay I had with my nephew and his family in southern Oregon. I hadn’t really been able to spend time with Chris and his family until this visit. Chris did not know well his dad (my brother) and  now … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls

I pulled into Klamath Falls Oregon in the late afternoon on June 4th. After securing lodging and a meal I wandered down to Veteran’s Park next to Lake Ewauna and collected the birds there at the park shore. While capturing Ring-Billed Gulls, a Franklin’s Gull came in near enough that it was difficult to frame … Read more

2015-05-08 Bicknell Bottoms

Yesterday’s visit at this place was just not enough to take it all in, so I opted to stay another day. My drive took me nearly completely around the valley and I was able to get a better idea of what treasures might be possible here. I’m sure the seasons influence what visitors might be … Read more