Join UCLA Professor Hartmut Walter (ornithologist/ecologist) for a Sunday all-day photo walk. We’ll drive around this large saline lake and stop at three or four locations. Bring your camera and a long lens (300 mm or longer recommended) and capture exciting images of local and wintering birds. Prof. Walter will find the birds for you and show you how to approach them to get superb shots of feeding, swimming and flying birds such as snow geese, eared grebes, white pelicans, cranes, ducks, hawks, and possibly bald eagles. This is sport, fun and a never-ending photographic challenge. This meet up event is an excellent introduction to nature photography. Students should have working knowledge of their camera and should know how to set and use it in manual modes.
Meet some 190 miles from L. A. on the eastern shore at the Salton Sea State Park at 10:00 AM on Sunday. Be ready to walk with your photo equipment. From there we’ll proceed to Niland (Lunch) and the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The return trip to L. A. will start around 5 PM from the US Border checkpoint on the SW side of the lake.
Professor Hartmut Walter started photographing birds and their habitats as a teenager in his native Germany. He continued his photo hobby while working in East Africa on wildlife conservation projects. He spent his professional career at UCLA where he inspired students to follow his interests in animal ecology and environmental conservation. He still harbors a real passion for birds. Since 2013 he has shared his photographic expertise organizing field trips on bird photography at Malibu, Bolsa Chica, Salton Sea, Santa Barbara and other sites near Los Angeles. He has an intimate knowledge of bird behavior and looks for photographic moments depicting action sequences and unique lighting.