I went hunting in Temecula yesterday but pickings were slim so I decided to head up to the preserve in the afternoon. Go hunt with the camera instead. Already a quarter of the way there. Wasn't doing much of anything else.
As I drove up Davis Rd., a small car with two older women in it waved me down and stopped me. I must look like a birder. They told me that there was a burrowing owl not 25' away. I have never had a decent shot of one and was very happy for their help. Snapped some shots, hand held. Burrowing owls are the second smallest owl species, a mere 7 to 9" tall. This one was an adult.
It was a nice harbinger of a lovely shoot. I saw all manner of birds, eagles, falcons, hawks, lbbs, shorebirds and waterfowl.
I had not been up there in the evening for a very long time and it felt good to once again shoot in the golden hour.
Dusk and dawn is when the magic happens.
I don't have adequate time to process today, life is calling, but will leave you with a few to hopefully whet your whistle.
Caught the black shouldered kite by accident in a tree. It was really starting to get dark at that point. Sorry, it is now officially known as the White tailed kite.
The place was fantastic as always, I was the only human around. Nice to have the intense beauty and calm to myself.
|Red Shouldered Hawk|
|red winged blackbird|
Nice electric sunset.
|I love the big fat kestrels.|
|Black necked stilt|