Birding @ Chain of Lakes, SF

Today was the second outing with my Field Ornithology class, and we saw some pretty good birds at the Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park. Again I didn’t bring my camera since the idea is to learn about birds rather than to photograph them, but this is an area I’ve birded and photographed extensively,…

Bald Eagle Cam!

This Tuesday at my Field Ornithology class, I learned of a Bald Eagle cam on Santa Cruz Island of the coast of Southern California! Apparently eagles nested here frequently until DDT drove them away some 40+ years ago. Now a pair is back and nesting again for the second year in a row – check…

Woohoo, new scope!

I just got my first spotting scope, a Pentax PF65ED-a w/a Pentax XF SMC 20-60x zoom eyepiece, and can’t wait to get out and use it. Of course, it arrived right after sunset, so that will have to wait until tomorrow! It’s surprisingly lightweight and compact (an advantage of a 65mm objective lens), and at…