Some 30 miles north of San Diego on I-15, or 100 miles south of Los Angeles by highways 5 and 78.
Nikon D850, Sigma 150-600 f 5-f6.3, at 600 mm, 1/1000", ISO 1250.
The Clarke Grebes are doting parents. While one carries their chicks on their back, the other dives for food. In this image, the parent is offering a feather for consumption. No one knows for sure, but it's thought the feather helps digestion. Lake Hodges has become a nesting colony for the migrating Grebes, but it is a water reservoir operated by several governmental agencies and the local utility company. The Grebes, which are not the greatest flyers, build their nests from sticks on water level that they crawl onto. When the agencies indiscriminately lowered water levels leaving some nests high and dry, it resulted in the loss of some 300 eggs. After spending the morning on the lake and recognizing the destruction of habitat, I participated increating a media campaign that has caused the State Fish and Game to demand new protocols and protections during future nesting seasons