Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located at 3842 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, California (map). The drive is just under 2 hour drive from Lancaster. Please plan to arrive around 11AM. I would like to meet up at 11:15AM for a group photo at or near the center. Departure time is up to you.
This is a vast place to walk. Take in the mostly flat wetlands, where countless waterfowl make their home or stop to rest & feed before traveling again on their migratory path. Bordered on one side by Pacific Coast Highway and oil fields and houses on the other, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a 300 acre coastal sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds. There's a wooden bridge crossing over a tidal inlet and a 5-mile loop trail providing spectacular wildlife viewing.
I am told that there are two main locations for photography. You can stop at the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center, located on Warner Avenue, just east of Pacific Coast Highway, to learn about the birds in the area and to take the short pathway that leads you along Outer Bolsa Bay. Most photographers tend to gravitate to the boardwalk and the observation trails that begin at the Inner Bolsa Bay, which is located on Pacific Coast Highway, south of Warner Avenue. The first location is good for information and overviews; the second is better for photography.
Please sign up below if you'd like to attend.
PREPARATION: Wear walking shoes (tennis shoes OK), sun protection, and bring a light jacket in case it is cool. You might want to bring a water bottle. There is a porta-potty at the nature center if you need one.
MEETUP LOCATION: Please note that this event will start at the Interpretative Center parking lot on Warner near Pacific Coast Highway.
PARKING: Park where you can find a space in the lot next to the Interpretive Center. The lot fills up fast on the weekend. If you want to arrive earlier to get a parking space, the reserve opens at 6AM.
GEAR: Bring your largest lens for birds. A tripod may be used. Remember, the longer the focal length, the harder it is to get sharp images by hand holding. Bring a wide angle, if wanting more landscapes.
Keep in mind for your images the upcoming competitions; Abstract, Vehicles, Human Interest, Nature and Creative.
Images by Sue Craft.