Field Trips

ChristopherTaylor adelie penguin WEB

CANCELLED AS OF 2/15/2018.

Saturday, February 24
Techniques for Better Bird Photography
Marina del Rey / Santa Monica

Your workshop host will be Christopher Taylor, an accomplished and published local photographer who has conducted similar workshops here and back East. While Christopher is most experienced with Canon equipment, he'll provide techniques that will enhance your ability to capture outstanding images of birds no matter what brand of digital SLR camera you're using, and should be able to help reproduce camera effects on other brands.

During the field lab, shorebirds and gulls should highlight. Christopher will be addressing a basic approach to one of the most difficult arenas of photography. Christopher does not typically use flash at all, and he'll explain why, and how to compensate in various light and wind conditions. He'll also offer guidance on when it's best to hand-hold a shorter lens and when it is best to use a tripod and more magnification. He will discuss how to make your photographs more captivating by incorporating habitat into your frame. Learn how to use bokeh effects to help emphasize your subject. He will cover different aperture, lighting and metering techniques to help make your photographs POP! Meet at the Del Rey Lagoon parking lot at 7:30 a.m. with a DSLR camera and 300mm-plus telephoto lens (required). Take the Marina Fwy (90) to Culver Blvd and turn left for a mile. Turn right on Pacific Ave. Turn into the lot on the right. After a lunch break, Christopher will review basic post-production Photoshop techniques, and tips to make good photos great and great photos truly eye-catching. A charged laptop with Photoshop loaded is useful but not required. Finish up 3 or 4 p.m.

Please register by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., providing • name(s), • cell phone number, and • e-mail address.

MAIL TO: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301, a check for $40 per person. 

Sunday, February 25
Chasing Parrots in Pasadena
Leader: Larry Allen. The famous “Temple City” parrots have moved to Pasadena! Join Larry as we follow the evening flock as it gathers members and moves to roosting sites in suburban Pasadena. Possible Red-crowned, Lilac-crowned, Red-lored, and Yellow-headed Parrots and perhaps other parrot and parakeet species as well. Bring scopes if you have them. We will meet at 5:00 p.m. and bird until fully dark (about 6:30 p.m.). Meet at La Pintoresca Park at 45 E Washington Blvd. in Pasadena, at the northeast corner of Fair Oaks Ave. and Washington Blvd. Exit the 210 Freeway at Fair Oaks and proceed north about 1¼ miles. Park on the surrounding streets and gather around the small parking lot on the east side, off Raymond Ave. If you don't find the group there, look on the west side of the park. Depending on the location of the roosts, we will either walk or drive from the park.

March 24-25, 2018 Weekend

*NOTE: This date is corrected, previously posted as Mar. 17-18, 2018*
Anza-Borrego State Park
Leader: Kurt Leuschner. Peak time for both wildflowers and Swainson’s Hawk migration! Caravan through the State Park from the Colorado Desert up to Julian, with short forays to take in the sights and the wildlife. Kurt is a professor of desert ecology, and knows all of our deserts very well. Reserve your accommodations at Hacienda del Sol, Stanlund Motel or others in Borrego Springs months early, as this is wildflower season too! Meet at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs). More details later.

TO REGISTER: Send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., providing • name(s), • cell phone number, and your • e-mail address; and • mail a check for $20 LAAS member / $40 non-LAAS fee. MAIL TO: Los Angeles Audubon, PO Box 411301, Los Angeles CA 90041-8301

January – February 2018
Western Tanager Field Trip Listings

By Nick Freeman

Audubon Tejon Docent Training Jan 27 & Feb 24, 2018

Hello Audubon Supporters,

We are happy to announce two orientation/training dates for volunteers with the new Tejon Conservancy birding docent program. Our goal in the first year is to pair up Audubon guides with veteran Tejon docents for birding tours in 2018, and in 2019 for Audubon guides to develop the ability to take a lead on Tejon birding tours, helping set a schedule of visits for their chapters with the Conservancy.

Sunday, March 11
Malibu Lagoon

Leader: Irwin Woldman. This transitional date should still see ducks, gulls, raptors, sparrows, and some early land migrants. Take PCH N over the bridge in Malibu to the stoplight, and either park on PCH, or turn left from PCH into the lagoon fee lot, or turn right on Cross Creek Road for free parking (and Starbucks) along the road, and cross PCH to meet at the kiosk in the lagoon parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Plan on a half day of birding here, and nearby Pepperdine Ponds, and Legacy Park.