This safari is located between Santa
Paula and Ventura on Highway 126, west of Santa Clarita and
5. We shoot dozens of hummingbirds that swarm to several
feeders and roost and rest in the trees and shrubs around the
feeders. The birds are active
all day providing nearly
non-stop shooting action as they feed and buzz each other
constantly. Some feeders are in the shade while others are in
the full sun.
Come prepared with a tripod, as long a lens as you have (shooting at
minimum close focusing distances), and cards for a thousand
images minimum. An external hot shoe mounted flash is also useful,
please don't bring multiple flash setups, as mine will be there for
others to use if desired. Physically, this is a very easy safari
and an opportunity to refine your shooting techniques with these
small, quick-moving subjects.
Anna's, Allen's, Black-throated are the most common, with Rufous, Costa's, and Calliope as possible subjects as well.
We meet on location in Santa Paula at 7:30am. Since this is
near a private home the number of photographers is limited to 6.
We will go to lunch about 11:30 to 12:30 and resume shooting until about
3pm. The action can be fast and continuous.
Difficulty Level: EASY