Rattlesnake Encounter

Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber), Santa Margarita River Ecological Reserve, Temecula, California. April 2018.

Just a couple of days after getting a chance to photograph a male Anna’s hummingbird, hauling the long and heavy 200-500mm lens on a hike paid off again unexpectedly: on a docent-led chaparral hike at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve we were met by a large Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) that was basking in the sun, right in the middle of the trail.

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Summer at the Santa Margarita River

Lazy Santa Margarita River, near Fallbrook, California, September 2011.

When one of our friends mentioned that there’s a river to see in northern San Diego County, I was very curious, and a bit skeptical of course. He led us to the Santa Margarita River near Fallbrook, where a trail starts at the Sandia Canyon bridge and follows the river east, on the old and partially overgrown River Edge Road. And indeed, the river was flowing nicely, even in September, most likely thanks to the very wet winter.

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