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Evening Meeting: Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m: Can you be both a Bird Photographer and a Birder?

December 6, 2016

REMINDER: Local birding and local photography by RANDY EHLER Tonight

Green Heron. Ballona Wetlands 2016 Randy Ehler

Green Heron. Ballona Wetlands 2016 Randy Ehler

You All know Randy Ehler from our Malibu Lagoon walks. He’s the tall birder who drives up in a bright red Mustang and already has a list of 30 species before anyone else shows up on Sunday mornings. And if you don’t believe that rare sighting, he’ll show you the back of his camera–that’s the little thing behind the huge lens– and you’ll be faced with a crisp image of that rarity.
You’ve also seen nearly a hundred of his photos on our summaries and announcements of field trips.
His statement has the same unpretentious tone as the birder himself:
“I’ve been taking pictures while birding since the first time I went on a bird walk – even before I had my own binoculars. I’ll share how birding has made me a better photographer and how bird photography has made me a better birder. Included will be a discussion of equipment choices, the camera settings I use, and some examples of my bird pictures from the Los Angeles area. And don’t worry – this will not be a geeky technical presentation.”
One-year old Black-crowned Night-Heron (R. Ehlers 6-26-16)

One-year old Black-crowned Night-Heron (R. Ehlers 6-26-16)

 Our meetings return to Christine Emerson Reed Park, 1133 7th Street. (between 7th St. & Lincoln Blvd., California Ave. & Wilshire Blvd.), Santa Monica. Previously known as Lincoln Park. If you’re coming from outside Santa Monica, exit the #10 Fwy at Lincoln Blvd., turn north  and drive 5 blocks north to Wilshire Blvd.

Link to Google Map
Meeting Room:
Mid-park in Joslyn Hall, accessible from Lincoln Blvd, California Ave. and 7th St.  Its glass wall faces north towards St. Monica Church on California St.  If you’re walking from Lincoln Blvd., it’s located directly behind (west) of the large Miles Playhouse building. Not accessible directly from Wilshire Blvd.

Meetings begin at 7:30 sharp with a little business, and then our main presentation. Refreshments are served afterward. Please leave your coyote at home, however much they whine to come.

Parking: The entire block between Wilshire and California Ave, 7th and Lincoln, on the sides closest to the park, is metered. Meter enforcement ends at 6PM, so free parking for the meeting!  We had almost 50 attendees in February and we know of only two people who couldn’t find parking. However, the local natives are engaged in a survival-of-the-fittest scramble for free parking, so the after-6pm free parking spaces disappear quickly.  We suggest that you arrive no later than 7:15 pm.

If all those spaces are filled, go south of Wilshire, not north of the park, as resident-only permit parking zones abound to the north. The east side of Lincoln Blvd. is also by permit parking only. We found plenty of spaces on 7th St. or Lincoln south of Wilshire. Most of those seem to be “until 6PM” meters also. Wherever you park, please read parking signs carefully and avoid a big fat $40+ parking ticket.

[Lu Plauzoles]

One Comment leave one →
  1. Read Howarth permalink
    December 6, 2016 11:08 am

    I am very sorry I cannot make this event. Work gets in the way. As a relatively new birder and digital photographer I know I could really benefit from his talk. Please let me know if there are any handouts and if someone takes copious notes, please share them.

    Read Howarth


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