02/28/2023 Lots of rain and lots of activity

What a great rainy season we've had so far. And in between rains when the sun pops out......

Tree Swallow

We’ve had an exceptionally wet winter so far this year. As noted in my previous posts, the water that usually fills up Lake Hodges at this time of year has had to be released downstream in order to complete much needed repair work on the dam. There are pros and cons to this situation, but as can be seen from the photos, the photography opportunities aren’t compromised. One of the The Tree Swallows is enjoying the sunshine between the rains.

Close up Rushing Grebes

One of my favorite things about close ups of Grebes during courtship is that even in marginal light, you can still shoot with a fast shutter speed and high relative ISO without loosing detail. The only issue is sometimes the birds are so close they start to spill out of the frame….

Tree swallows social hour

In between rains the sun still peaks through and the winter visitors take advantage of the morning rays. The social hour 🙂

Weed ceremony

The lesser seen, often overlooked, but equally interesting ‘weed ceremony’ of the Western Grebes. Both Grebes dive to the Lake bed bringing weeds to the surface in their bills. With necks extended, they bump their chests and bills while circling in place together as one.  This is one of the later parts of the courtship routine before nest building begins in earnest.

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