Winter Photography at Lake Hodges, Escondido Birds and more birds!

I’m sure you know by now that I’m a hiker and am out enjoying the San Diego wilderness a couple times a week if I can squeeze it in…right?

We hike all year long!

In the freezing cold?  Yep.

Light Rain?  Yep.

Blazing hot?  Yep.

Perfect San Diego weather?  Yep.


Lake Hodges is one of our favorite hikes – but this week we ventured along the north side of the lake to see what we could find…..

And we found A LOT!   Seriously – this was just a small section of our amazing Lake Hodges – how many birds do you see here?

I count at least 40!

How can you not be impressed by the American White Pelicans?

They are huge and weigh 14 pounds!

Also spotted a little Spotted Sandpiper

And of course who can resist a mallard?

Especially one who’s taking a bath?

Well, this trip we were especially looking for the Western Grebe –

here he is swimming….

And here is doing what we were specifically looking for:

A mating dance where he and his sweetie WALK ON WATER!

Seriously, can you stand it?

Courtship happens entirely in the water and involves a display known as “rushing,” where two birds turn to one side, lunge forward in synchrony,

their bodies completely out of the water, and race across the water side by side with their necks curved gracefully forward.

Sometimes males will do it to compete for a female — that’s what I think is happening here:

And side note -all of this was happening in the middle of the lake and these portraits are what my 400mm zoom lens captured.

I’m so thankful for high quality $3,000 professional lenses!

This is the same lens I use to zoom in on a bride and groom during their wedding ceremony –

So I can capture “close ups” from the back of the aisle – that’s how your guests won’t be disturbed or even know I’m there!

Also captured an egret in flight (flying over some Grebes!)

And then his lunch break….


~A teeny snack but still tasty!

And some incoming Pelicans— LOOK OUT BELOW!

So for birds AND weddings I’m geared up and ready for anything!

(And I promise I won’t wear hiking boots to your wedding!)  🙂

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My brochure with advice on what to wear to look your best

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Custom retouching and hand processing of your portraits

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 I am a full time professional photographer based in San Diego, but will travel for weddings.

Serving San Diego, Poway, Scripps Ranch,La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4-S Ranch, Penasquitos, Rancho Bernardo,

Outdoor Family, Child, High School Senior, Family Reunion, Gender Reveal, Newborn, Engagement Couples

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