02/22/2024 Lake Hodges opening month

The great thing about Lake Hodges is that even when you can't get on the Lake there is always something going on locally.

Red-tailed Hawk at Lake Hodges Photo Tours

This shot took some patience. I watched the hunt, then had to follow the bird to where it decided to eat. Only after waiting for it to start eating could I slowly creep closer to get the tight shot. Ironically, the waiting actually worked to my my advantage, as it gave the sun time to get low enough in the sky to light the bird. When I finally left, the bird was still chowing down. Red-tailed Hawk.

Western Grebes and chicks at Lake Hodgews Photo Tours

Even if the Grebes at  Lake Hodges are not nesting and producing chicks, there are still other local lakes where you can find them. Taken Yesterday.



California Gnatcatcher at Lake Hodges Photo Tours

I’m happy to say I’m hearing and seeing more of these each year. California Gnatcatchers, the reason that Lake Hodges is considered one of World’s recognized important bird life conservation areas.

Spotted Towhee at Lake Hodges Photo Tours

These colorful Spotted Towhees are a local favorite. This time of year they become very vocal.

We’ve had quite a rainy and overcast opening month, but that often makes for great wildlife and bird photography. The flat light lends itself to great color exposure on birds’ feathers without harsh shadows and overexposure. Another local, a Scrub Jay

The Lake is now open to boating

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Local Accommodation

Recommended rentals in the Del Dios and surrounding community on Lake Hodges.

Springhill Suits

by Marriott | 7 min. drive entrance to Lake

Rancho Bernardo

Inn | 16 min. drive entrance to Lake

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