Back in California

December 29, 2010

Apparently we got a bit of rain in So Cal while I was away…  With the local trails frightfully muddy, I decided to hit the beach instead.  The usual suspects were found along the shoreline, however the lagoon was hopping with activity.  A decent group of Forster’s Terns were actively fishing and the Cormorants were doing their part to further herd the fish into the shallows.

“Forster’s Tern with Fish”  –  UCSB Lagoon

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Campus Point – October 8th

October 15, 2010

More and more shorebirds have been making their annual trek south and I figured it was time to head to the beach with the camera.  Last Friday I grabbed my backup camera and went down to Campus Point for  a quick look before work.  I was rewarded by finding hundreds of Terns roosting on the beach and rocks at the point.  Getting a good shot of them at the point was pretty much impossible due to the backlighting.  Instead, I focused on the birds resting on the east facing beaches.  The early morning sun made for some great light.

“Elegant Tern”

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Big Bird Backlog

October 25, 2009

I’ve been sitting on a ton of great bird photos that I just haven’t had the time to post.  Unfortunately I can’t post all of my favorites but here is a small selection from the last couple weeks.

~As always, you can click on the individual photos to view them larger~

“Great Blue Heron Chase”  –  Devereux Slough, Goleta, CA

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Shoreline Friday

April 13, 2009

I recently realized that I’ve been spending too much time inland photographing the wildflowers, and have been missing a lot of interesting shorebirds and other marine life migrating back north for the summer.  Coincidentally we had some wonderful lighting conditions for late afternoon and early evening photography.  There were dark clouds over the mountains while the sun was shining through a thin layer of haze over the ocean.  These thin clouds acted like a huge softbox and really brought out the color of the water, which was complemented by the deep blue background.  Notice the difference between the morning photos and those taken after work.  There’s nothing better than having great light and also finding willing subjects!


“Semi-palmated Plover”  –  Campus Point at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

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Best of October 2008

February 13, 2009

Here in Santa Barbara, October is the month that usually reveals the transition from Summer to Winter.  We don’t really have Fall out here, and it is common to go from 90 degree days with no clouds in sight one week, to the first chilly, rainy days of the year the next.  Quite often the transition goes back and forth several times before Summer completely loses its grip.  The following photos are a subtle representation of the battle of the seasons.


“California Darner”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Black Turnstone”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Southern Alligator Lizard”  –  Goleta, CA


“Changing Seasons”  –  Goleta Pier, from UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Spotted Towhee”  –  Santa Ynez Mountains, Buellton, CA


“Royal Tern”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Stormy Flight”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA