It’s All About Habitat

January 20th, 2016

14 species of shorebirds at the mouth of the San Diego River and then three more at the Tijuana Slough NWR! A 17 species shorebird day!


Long-billed Curlew scratching its face. Birds have to be contortionist to satisfy those itiches.

Long-billed Curlew was scratching its face. Birds have to be a contortionist to satisfy those itches.

We had the usual shorebirds at the San Diego River, plus this year we had Surfbird, Ruddy Turnstone, and Yellowlegs.  This is a great location for birders and bird photographers.  The birds allow for a close approach, the local dogs from the dog park scare them more than humans walking slowly and getting low and non-threatening.  Tech data: 1/1600 of a second, f/6.3 at ISO 250, with the Canon 5D Mark III and the 600 mm lens and a 1.4 Extender.


Marbled Godwit bathing.

Marbled Godwit bathing.

Tech data: 1/1600 of a second, f/6.3 at ISO 250 again with the 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the  1.4 Extender.


Little Blue Heron fishing.

Little Blue Heron fishing.

The light started to get harsh when we finally got close to the Little Blue Heron. Created at 1/800 of a second at f/5.6, ISO 400 and still using the 5D Mark III and the 600 mm lens with the 1.4 Extender.




In the afternoon before we went to the Tijuana NWR we stopped at a Glorietta Bay thinking we’d photograph Eared Grebes and Lesser Scaup.  They weren’t there, but we did find Surf Scoter and Redheads, a very nice consolation prize instead!  Captured at 1/640 of a second f/5.6 ISO 400 with the 600 mm and the 1.4 Extender.  I had to crop this too, so you can see they didn’t come in very close, but they’re beautiful birds!


Enjoy     Thanks As Always     Tim

One comment on “It’s All About Habitat

  1. Melissa says:

    Loved this trip can’t wait for the next one we do!

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