This safari includes elephant
seals in San Simeon, sea otters at Morro Bay, as well as Oso Flaco Lake. On a tip from a friend, I did an Explore!
Safari as well as a regular safari to Oso Flaco Lake and had tremendous success,
both with songbirds and water birds. The least bittern was the
highlight of the trip for me, while on other dates friends had shot American
bitterns, as well as Soras. It was hard for me to even get to the lake
with all the Wilson's Warblers and other songbirds along the trail. This
is certainly a great birding destination! On our way back we will check out
Santa Margarita Lake for rushing grebes. In 2019 and 2020 we had some great success
We meet at my home at 5am for the ride over, or in Pismo Beach at
7:30am if that is
closer - then drive out to the lake. The weather can change so dress in layers,
though we should have cool mornings and pleasant afternoons.
Light shooting gloves can make the photography much easier and more
comfortable, especially carrying a tripod.
Difficulty Level: EASY