Sandhill cranes in the Bay Area? That's a yes! Tundra Swans? Another yes! What about Snow Geese, Ibis, Herons and Egrets? Yup!
All of these birds and many more can be found in the Lodi area which is located on the Pacific Flyway and where these birds hunker down for the winter.
The department of Fish and Wildlife conducts guided tours at the northern end of the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve aka the Isenberg Crane Reserve. However self-guided tours are possible at the south end. That's what we will be doing, plus perhaps some other backroads thru the wetlands.
The best times for photography, as always, are around dawn and dusk. We will aim for capturing the sandhill cranes flying in around sunset to roost for the night.
Lodi is the closest town and is located approx. 85 miles east of San Francisco. The reserve is nearest the junctions of I-5 and Hwy. 12, just west of Lodi. You should plan on 1-2 hours driving time, depending on your starting location. (Folks from the East Bay have a distinctly shorter drive than us city folks.) You should plan to be in the parking lot no later than 3:30pm.
Lodi's Sandhill Crane Festival is November 1-3. I plan on making several trips over the November and December timeframe and will post a separate announcement for each one.
What to bring?
Your camera and a variety of lenses, but definitely a long lens, even a tele-extender if you have it. Plenty of memory cards, extra camera batteries. Optional: tripod. Bring (or buy) lunch, water, a hot drink to stay warm and snacks. Warm, layered clothing for all weather conditions. It might be sunny during the day, but can quickly become cold (maybe even wet) as sunset approaches. Just be prepared. A foldable chair, if you don't like standing. (Very little walking involved.)
This event is open to photographers of all experience levels. I look forward to meeting more of you and sharing your passion for all things travel and photography.
Australian-born photographer Christine Krieg has travel running through her veins. She was hooked after flying over the Amazon while photographing mile-high Angel Falls in 1991. Since then she has photographed and written about many exotic and beautiful places from Venezuela to Vietnam. The more remote and difficult it is to reach a destination, the more excited she is to go there. She loves to share her passion for the beautiful and amazing world we live in and her love of photography with everyone she meets. Come join her on a workshop and allow her enthusiasm to inspire you to see with new eyes.
Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines. She has officially been teaching photography since 2006 (unofficially ever since she picked up a camera.) In addition to teaching her own travel workshops on location www.meetup.com/world-travel-photography and excited strobists about off-camera flash techniques www.meetup.com/off-camera-flash, she also guest instructs with Image Quest Tours. She currently calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. You can follow her work at www.cksworld.com and make friends with her on Facebook (Christine Krieg). .
Christine Krieg Photography