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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Another Day at the Beach – October 10

October 23, 2010

After my previous morning photo-shoot at Campus Point, I knew that the light would be even better if I got there earlier.  This time I arrived just as the sun was rising over the mountains.  Indeed, the light was better, but the birds were harder to come-by.  That didn’t stop me from getting some nice shots.  After that morning, I don’t think I saw the sun for a solid week.  The moral of the story… get out and shoot when you can, since the weather and wildlife might not cooperate and you might not get another chance.

“Sunrise I”

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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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Rain, rain, rain…

January 22, 2010

I really don’t mind the rain, but after a full week of it I wouldn’t mind a change in the weather…

The weather has actually been very accommodating, other than sneaking up behind me and drenching me yesterday!  Most of the storm fronts have moved through by early afternoon each day and given us the opportunity to get out to Lake Los Carneros after work.  The weather has made the bobcats more difficult to find but we have still managed to catch brief glimpses of them.  I’ll post a few photos in the following post.

Today looks to be the last day with a high chance of rain, so it looks like it should end just in time for the weekend.  Here are a few photos highlighting the different weather conditions we’ve experienced over the last week or so.

“Better Than Coffee”  –  Sunrise at Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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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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Super Sunrise

September 10, 2009

It’s hard to top my previous post of bobcat and kitten photos, hence the lack of new material over the past several days.  Well, I suppose it’s hard to go wrong with intensely colored sunrise photos.  These were taken last Thursday and the amazing color was courtesy of the Station Fire down in L.A.  I’m particularly happy I was able to snag such an interesting shot of the first Canada Geese.  This was the first flock I’ve seen this season which must mean that Fall is on its way.  If you look closely, you’ll notice the geese are flying North.  No need to worry, these directionally challenged birds soon got back on track and started heading South.

“Orange Glow”  –  Taken from the bluffs at UC Santa Barbara, CA

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Reddish Egret in Goleta

August 30, 2009

I’ve managed to capture photos of the Reddish Egret nearly every day since I first saw it land at the UCSB Lagoon on wednesday afternoon.  I haven’t looked for it today but might head over to Goleta Beach a bit later.  Starting sometime late thursday or early friday, it moved to Goleta Slough and stopped appearing at the lagoon.  Although the viewing distance is greater at Goleta Beach, the background is much nicer.

“In Pursuit”  –  UCSB Lagoon

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