2022-10-04 Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains State Park has its origins in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Corps project to help lift the broken economy out of the depression. Miles of trails were constructed across the 2,709 acres of this property, along with a sixteen room lodge. In 1967, 101 campsites were added, including many with full or … Read more

2022-06-27 Return To Charlie Lake

Early Monday morning I drove north to Beatton Provincial Park on Charlie Lake from Fort Saint John for what would be my third visit. My first experience there was in 2005, while I headed to Alaska. My second tour was June-3, while headed to Whitehorse nearly a month ago, on this current trip. I split … Read more

2022-05-31 Crystal Lake in Grande Prairie

After I camped at Lake Winagami Tuesday night, I drove for a little over two hours to reach Grande Prairie. Family restaurants that serve breakfast are not so easy to find in this part of Alberta. I found a pretty good place called Major’s Family Restaurant, only a mile-and-a-half from a memorable birding location I … Read more

2022-05-30 Late May At Lesser Slave Lake

I took two days to drive from Jasper to Slave Lake, a town at the southeastern end of Lesser Slave Lake. I camped overnight in Whitecourt along the way. When I arrived at my desired destination, I booked a two-night stay north of town at the Marten River Campground at Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park … Read more

2021-04-18 SPI Sunday Bird Fallout, Round Two

Gone were the dense clouds and drizzling rain that plagued me early Saturday. The wind and the birds remained. There seemed to be even more birds on the island than yesterday. There were also more people. My first stop on the island was a brief visit to the Sheepshead Bird Sanctuary, where I captured respectable … Read more

2021-04-17 SPI, Great Birds, Lousy Weather

Well friends, I said I would limit my photo shooting time in the field to half days. The strategy would allow me to process my images and tell my stories in time to meet an every-other-day in the field schedule. I also said if a warbler fallout should happen, all bets were off. Well, it … Read more

2021-04-15 SPI And Three Bags Full

I had an exceptional day at the SPI Convention Centre. I met three new bird species: Veery, Dickcissel, and Black-Billed Cuckoo. Not that the rest of the birds I met weren’t amazing, it’s just hard to beat the high I get when a new bird comes into my life. One new bird is enough to … Read more

2012-09-12 Santa Rosa Mountain in September

If one reads my blog and scans for “Santa Rosa Mountain”, they might get the idea I love going there … and they’d be right. I’ve been visiting this place since the early 1970s, long before my interest in birds and photography. The contrast between the deserts below and the pine forests atop this sky … Read more

2012-08 August Yardbirds

I took a lot of images of Lesser Goldfinches the month of August 2012. I used them as subjects to experiment with different photo techniques. These birds are my most numerous avian guests, so why not exploit the resource? At the time I was still feeding seeds to my bird neighbors, but I’d scaled back … Read more

2013-06-15 Milk Ranch Road

I parked at the staging area ten miles south of Julian California where Milk Ranch Road  meets Route-79. The path I traveled on my bike is displayed on a map saved in the gallery below. Before I parked and took my bike out on the Los Vaqueros Trail, I spotted my first surprise bird of … Read more