Birds of La Jolla

While rearranging bits of the nest, a Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) reveals two eggs its sitting on. La Jolla Cove, California. January 2018.

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. Continue reading “Birds of La Jolla”


Safari Park Animals

Southern Gerenuk Kissing (Litocranius walleri), Safari Park, Escondido, California, March 2018.

Some of our friends had a spare guest pass for the San Diego Zoo – and gave it to me! That was a nice surprise. The pass was good for both the zoo itself and the Safari Park in Escondido – the latter is relatively close to where we live so I decided to go there.

I brought the camera with me, but found the zoo animal photos so far outside of everything that I normally photograph that I decided to share them here, on my personal blog. It was interesting to realize how clearly I can draw the line in this case – even though I think I’m quite generous and flexible when it comes to adding photographs to my online photo archive… 🙂 Continue reading “Safari Park Animals”

Striped Racer vs Lizard

Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis lateralis) caught a lizard, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California, June 2018.

Something gory from our backyard – a California Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis lateralis) caught a lizard. The lizard of course dropped/lost its tail (a normal defense mechanism) and the snake had a pretty good grip on it, but the lizard was still pretty alive, writhing and fighting as much as possible. When the snake tried to get the lizard re-aligned towards its mouth in order to swallow it, the lizard got away. Good for the lizard (its tail will grow back), bad for the snake. Maybe the lizard was just too big for the snake to swallow. Continue reading “Striped Racer vs Lizard”