San Diego - Rushing Grebes & more

With your Grebe expert and Lake Hodges & San Diego guide: Krisztina Scheeff.

Lake Hodges and San Diego County in sunny California is one of the most diversified location for wildlife spotting, including hundereds of birds (resident or migratory), mammals, gorgeous landscape and of course plants. San Diego is a nature photographer's perfect playground. During the year there are different locations on Lake Hodges to take photos from and different subjects, and I can help you achieve your goals especially if you are short on time. You can be a professional photographer or just someone who enjoys nature, you will depart with plenty photos from different areas of the County after our tour. 


GUIDED PHOTOGRAPHY & BIRDING TOURS: I offer single or multiple day tours around Lake Hodges and San Diego's best wildlife spots. These tours can be few hours or multiple days, one-on-one or small group up to 4 people.

Previous Tour Testimonials - please check my Testimonials page.



1. Boat ride on the Lake to see the rushing Grebes and over 200 different species of birds and mamals. Half day (3-4 hours) or full day, multiple days also available to book. The BEST way to experience the Grebes rushing, available all year around. Rushing season is September through April. Please email me to book your private outing any time of the year.

2. Walking / Hiking tour around the Lake and/or San Diego hot spots for Wildlife & Nature Photography or Birding. Please email me to book your private outing.



FALL GROUP SCHEDULE IS HERE - all sessions will be held at Lake Hodges CA.

To sign up please click on the "sign up now" link and pay online. All workshop fees are non-refundable.

Grebe Workshop – Where, when and how to photograph the rushing Grebes $120
max 8 participants per session - learn all about the Grebes and get ready for rushing season!
*  September 27 – Wednesday   |  7:00am - 10:00am  |   SIGN UP HERE * sold out
*  October 28 - Saturday   |  7:00am - 10:00am    |    SIGN UP HERE  * 4 spots left
*  November 1 – Wednesday   |  7:00am - 10:00am    |    SIGN UP HERE
Photography Workshop - Birds and more - $225
This is a 5 hour workshop for those who wish to get into wildlife, landscape or macro photography in more detail. Open to beginner / intermediate photographers. Basic camera knowledge is required before attending this workshop. 6 participants only, plenty hands on instruction. Some walking required.
October 8 – Sunday   |   DETAILS AND SIGN UP HERE  * 4 spots left
Introduction to Wildlife and Nature Photography - FREE - register here
max 25 participants * 5 spots left
September 17 – Sunday   |   7:00am - 10:00am
This is a free walk open to all who may be interested in getting into wildlife & nature photography. Registration is required to attend, send me an email please with your name and phone number. Walk will be held at Lake Hodges CA - exact meeting point will be emailed to registered participants only.

Photographing the Rushing Grebes with the "Grebe Whisperer"

Private Tours

Previous Tour Testimonials - please check my Testimonials page.


So you would like to photograph the rushing Grebes on the Lake? Come and head out on the lake with me as your guide in a comfortable, low to the water boat. Using a silent motor I will be able to get you closer to the wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior (ethical wildlife photography is always my number one priority). We can also do this from the shore if boats are not your thing :-). Available all year around, best time to see the Grebes is during rushing season which is September through March.


Many of my clients have called me "the Grebe Whisperer", THE Guide - and yes, I can tell when and where they will be rushing. Contact me please to book a one-on-one guided tour (boat or shore, any time of the year). I can get you in the right spot at the right time to get the perfect shot. Please enjoy some photos of the Grebes here:



Grebes are fascinating birds. Their unique matting behavior called "rushing" is one of the most photographed animal behaviors and San Diego in sunny California is home to over 600 Grebes. Rushing is when Grebes "walk on water" to find a mate, and it only lasts 5-7 seconds. Knowing what to listen for and what to look for before rushing happens is the key to that perfect shot!

Deposits & Cancellation Policy for all workshops and tours:

  • Deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due on date specified for each workshop or tour. Deposit amounts noted on each workshop - tour detail page or invoice.

  • Deposit and tour/workshop fees are non-refundable.

  • If you cancel and the photo workshop or private outing is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus a 15% cancellation fee.

  • We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.

  • No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.

  • We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Visit for insurance quotes.



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