My safari group had a lot of fun
in San Diego in 2018 and 2019. Not only did we get awesome Wood Ducks, Brandt's
Cormorants on nests with eggs and young, Peregrine Falcons, White-tailed Kites,
and breeding season Brown Pelicans, but many other duck species, raptors, wading
birds, striped skunks, coyotes, and a long-tailed weasel. We also photographed
California Sea Lions and Northern Harbor Seals. We went from one great encounter
to another. However, if you are looking for my personal favorite encounters ...
it is with these rushing Western Grebes at Lake Hodges near the hotel we stay at
in Escondido. This safari is limited to 6 photographers.
We meet in Escondido, CA the night before the safari on Sunday,
February 23. The weather can change so dress in layers, though we should
have cool mornings and warmer afternoons. There will be a sea breeze and marine
layer possible along the coast. A hat is
essential. We visit a number of locations, including the La Jolla cliffs,
La Jolla Cove, Santee Lakes, Santee Riparian Trails, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological
Reserve, and finish up the safari at San Jacinto Wildlife Management Area.