Category Archives: Bird Photography


Visiting the Central Valley Refuges

During the winter I head out into the central valley as many times as I can to visit the refuges while the winter migrants are living there. I’ve get requests on where to go and […]


Merced and San Luis National Wildlife Refuges, December 14, 2016

In mid-December I took another day trip out to the Merced area refuges and visited Merced NWR and San Luis NWR. It was a cloudy day with hints that the tule fog wasn’t far away, […]

Free Wallpapers for your desktop

I’ve updated my wallpapers so that they come in two formats: the original 2560×1080 format for super wide monitors, and now I’ve got 16:10 format versions at 1440×800, which will work on most HD format […]


My Best Photos of the Year for 2016

Welcome to my annual display of my best/favorite photos of the year. I’ve been doing this since 2007 (you can see all of the sets here) and it’s always interesting me to go back and […]


Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuges, November 2016

In mid-November I did a quick overnight trip and visited Colusa and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuges in the Williams area of Northern California. These are a couple of favorite refuges, but it’s 2.5 hours of […]


New wallpapers — free to use on your desktop

I decided I wanted some new wallpapers, so I’ve created five new ones, and you’re welcome to use them on your computer at no charge. These are nice and large images (2560×1080) that should work […]


Radio Road Ponds, September 11

Had a chance to catch up on some of the backlog of processing of images and I’ve published a few more images from a trip out to Radio Road ponds in Redwood Shore with the […]


Nailed It

I needed to pick Laurie up from the airport, so I headed that way early and spent a couple of hours at the Radio Road Ponds in Redwood Shores, which are about 20 minutes from […]


Free Desktop Wallpapers

It’s been a while since I mentioned these, so if you don’t already have a set, here you go! I decided it was time to create some new wallpapers for my system, and I figured […]


Limits to technology: Light still wins.

I wanted to talk a bit about an image from my refuge trip. Take a look at this one of the Sandhill Cranes dancing: It’s a good photo, but not a great one. I love […]


First trip of the season to the San Luis area refuges

I decided to make my first trip out to the refuges in the San Luis NWR system this week. It’s early — I normally don’t make my first visit until early November, but I wanted […]


First impressions of the Fuji X-T2

I took the X-T2 out for its first photos yesterday to a favorite spot for this kind of testing: the sewage settling ponds on Radio Road in Redwood Shores. This is a great place for […]


2016 SFBBO Photo Contest

I’ve typically not submitted images to many contests — something I’m working to raise in my priority list — but I have over the last few years is the annual photo contest for the San […]


Reprocessing old images… Two Examples

A basic fact of a photographer’s life: you go looking through your image collection, and you see images that make you think I can do better than that. What I normally do is flag them […]


Photographing birds with your iPhone? Or do I need a real camera?

I got this question in email, and once I got it answered I felt the info was of enough general interest to go ahead and post it to the blog as well. The basic question: […]