La Jolla Treasure: Bird Name Starting With P–Not Pelican… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

La Jolla Treasure: Bird Name Starting With P--Not Pelican...

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Even before I left for San Diego I felt as if I might be losing my voice. Dr. Oliver suggested that I get some Dr. King’s Sore Throat & Laryngitis spray by King Bio. I had it delivered to the hotel. Wow; it worked wonders. I have felt just fine for the past few days. That is a very good feeling after being under the weather for more than 10 weeks.


This image was created at La Jolla, CA on Day 2 of the 2016 San Diego IPT with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS 5DS R. ISO 800: 1/160 sec. at f/10 (to the point of significant blinkies on the sky). AWB.

Center AF point (Manual selection)/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF on the bird’s eye and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Peregrine Falcon, perched female

La Jolla Treasure: Bird Name Starting With P–Not a Pelican…

Several folks in the group had asked about Peregrine Falcon. “We see them pretty regularly at La Jolla but I have never had a really good chance with them.” That is, until the morning of Saturday, January 9, 2016. We were working the pelicans but with the improving weather and the weekend crowd of photographers there were fewer by far than there had been the previous two days. We had some excitement earlier in the morning when co-leader Denise Ippolito relocated the Brown Booby that she has seen the day before. Several of us made some not-too-great images of this rare La Jolla visitor.

A birder called out “peregrine” and pointed to the lovely lady perched in a pine tree on the hillside behind us. An hour later all but one of the participants had photographed the heck out of her. Including yours truly. It was a great teaching situation as we were able to go over exposure settings, help folks with their tripod handling and sharpness techniques, and comment on image design.

The lone participant who passed on the peregrine did so because he was completely fixated on the beauty and the colors of the Brown Pelicans.

The San Diego Site Guide

Whether you are visiting San Diego for photography for the first time or live in the area and have done the pelicans many dozens of times, you will learn a ton by studying the San Diego Site Guide. Why spend days stumbling around when you can know exactly where and when to be depending on the wind direction and sky conditions? In addition to the pelican primer, there is great info on the best beaches for the gorgeous gulls, on Marbled Godwit, on the lower cliffs, Lesser Scaup, and Wood and Ring-necked Ducks as well.

Learn more or purchase your copy here.

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