06/06/2023 Overcast conditions present some of the best light for bird photography.

Male and Female Acorn Woodpeckers 2

Not far from the Woodpecker’s cavity is a Cooper’s Hawk nest and …..

05/22/2023 While waiting for the lake to open

Feeding the chicks

This Nuttall’s woodpecker is working nonstop bringing in the food for the chicks in the nest. The chicks will soon ……

05/19/2023 Lake Hodges Opening Date Announced!

Close up Rushing Grebes

It’s official, the Lake will open to limited boating on ……

05/15/2023 Weekly update – Feeding time


Grebes have a healthy appetite. Not only do they feed themselves, but…..

05/09/2023 Weekly update


The Lake is very close to finally settling at its new height. The water has virtually stopped receding and …..

04/25/2023 – Watch the video, stills don’t do it justice

Weed Ceremony

One of the more amusing of the Grebes intricate courtship behaviors. It’s been dubbed the ‘Weed Ceremony’….for obvious reasons. With the current Lake level, this behavior is very…..

04/13/2023 – Best of the Week and Dam Update

California Quail

The State of California amended the mandated maximum water level of Lake Hodges to be 280’ (80’ at the dam) until the new dam is built…. At this level the pump station will be inoperable. During the recent rains the rate of….

03/26/2023 -It’s all about the reflections

Say it with weeds

Once the repair work is completed, the State has mandated that the reservoir never exceed the 280′ level, (actual 80′ deep at the dam), which means the pump station will be inoperable. In essence, until the new dam is constructed, the Lake will….

03/21/2023 – Overcast days and Dam repair update

California Bluebells

Rainy weather brings out the Wild flowers. In between rain showers, the overcast conditions make for great photography. No harsh shadows to deal with and….

03/10/2023 – The sun was out yesterday, so were the Grebes

Clark's Grebes getting started

Yesterday was one of those days where it didn’t matter where you pointed your camera, you couldn’t help but get some great shots of Rushing Grebes, and they were so close you could have….

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