2012-02-16 La Jolla Cove

I made seven trips to the La Jolla Cove between February and May 2011. This Thursday I toured the coastline, looking for any subject that might offer itself to me. When I realized the local Brandt’s Cormorants were either courting or already on eggs, I knew I had a long-term mission to address. The unobstructed … Read more

2013-06-24 Tijuana River Valley

My aim on this Monday morning was to enjoy the company of birds, whoever they may be. A good place to accomplish such a goal is the Tijuana River Valley. I stopped at the Bird and Butterfly Gardens after breakfast, but did not find any feathered friends compelling me to linger, so I drove out to … 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

2018-07-15 Sunday At The Cove And Other Places

Sunday I ventured into the “natural” world and took a much-needed break from the rigors of my house remodeling. I made the La Jolla Cove the focal point of my adventure. When I arrived a favorable parking place presented itself, which is always a good Sunday omen. So needed was this outing, I might have … 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

2017-09-12 Crescent City California And The Klamath River Mouth

I  drove south to Crescent City Monday afternoon and scouted the harbor for bird possibilities. The light from the west swayed me from any inclination to take photographs. Tuesday morning promised to be better, so I used the remainder of the day to finish blogging about Gold Beach. Crescent City is rather vigilant about overnight … Read more

2017-09-09 South to Gold Beach Oregon

Having booked a ticket on the Mail Boat for the 108 mile white water of the Rogue River, I had a whole day to look for subjects to satisfy my “bird-tooth”. I did not have to go far, only a quarter mile to the South Jetty of the Rogue River mouth. Dozens of Osprey were … Read more

2017-02-12 Isla Santa Margarita

We left Isla Asuncion late in the afternoon and while we slept, the captain and crew drove all night towards our next destination: Isla Santa Margarita, ¾ the way down the Baja peninsula. The original plan for this journey was to spend a day and a half at Bahia Magdalena and Isla Magdalena, but a … Read more

2017-02-11 The Rocky Islands: Boots On The Ground

This was an exciting day for us and would be our first contact with terra firma in three days. We’d travelled approximately halfway down the Baja peninsula. Our time on these rocky islands was brief. And while few expected ground-breaking science to precipitate this day, but I realized how eager all our members were to … Read more

2017-02-10 Seafaring South

On the second day of our voyage the overcast and fog that met us at the start of our journey continued, making conditions for capturing images a challenge. For those friends reading these accounts I implore; please be patient. As the trip develops, the images will improve. As the day progressed, the fog lifted, and … Read more