Photographing the birds of La Jolla has become a bit of an annual event for our photo club (the Photo Section of the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter), of which I am the vice president for the 2018/2019 term. Last year we went in late December, this year in mid January.
This is a good time to see birds in their winter or breeding plumage, and in particular the Brandt’s Cormorants, who are nesting right at the cliffs, easily within “reach” of even a moderate telephoto zoom lens (I used my 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 for all of the photos below – it was the only lens I brought).
As I’m reaching a bit more clarity as to what defines the “core” of my photography, I feel these photos are a little bit outside of my main scope. Sharing the photos of these large shorebirds on my personal blog seemed to be a better fit in this instance. I do have bird photos on my website, but they’re of the inhabitants of the chaparral, and nearby Lake Hodges. To me, this separation makes sense (isn’t that the most important part?). Here they are.
I do have two more photos, over on my main photography website, showing the birds more as a part of the landscape – I think that’s a good distinction of what I want to show where… I’m embedding them here for the sake of completeness (the images link back to my website).
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