San Diego - Rushing Grebes & more

With THE Grebe expert and your Lake Hodges 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 March. Please email me to book your private outing.

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.

3. Workshops and Group Classes - During the Fall and Winter I offer Group workshops and classes around San Diego. Please see next section on current schedule. 

Southern California Workshop * only 2 spots left

January 17 - January 21, 2023

5 days/ 4 nights

Cost: $3350 (accommodation included, price without accommodation is $2800)

Deposit: $700

Group Size: max 4 participants  


Guide: your local Grebe expert, Krisztina Scheeff (The "Grebe Whisperer").

Previous Tour Testimonials - please check my Testimonials page.


This is the ultimate Southern California Nature Photography tour. Join me around San Diego Area to photograph the rushing Grebes & other wildlife, and stunning landscapes. San Diego, CA is one of the most diversified locations for wildlife spotting, including over 200 species of birds (resident or migratory), mammals, gorgeous landscape and of course plants. San Diego is a nature photographer's perfect playground. 


This Workshop is timed for Grebes courtship season. Western and Clark’s Grebes engage in a maneuver called rushing during the spring mating season, in which they sprint up to 66 feet (20 meters) across the water in coordinated groups of two or more in about seven seconds. They're the largest vertebrates with the ability to walk on water.


We will also cover other areas in San Diego County, for the gorgeous Brown Pelicans in their full breeding colors, nesting Brandt's Cormorants colony, sea lions with pups, seascapes and landscapes. A visit further down south and east San Diego will keep us busy with more wildlife photo opportunities. A list of species likely to be encountered and photographed is available, please email me for details.


Included: accomodation for 4 nights, breakfast, transportation during the workshop, water for each day, guiding and tuition, 7 total shooting sessions in the field around Southern California's best wildlife and landscape spots, introductory slideshow and presentation on Grebes courtship, so you are more prepared for THAT shot! Two professional local expert guides.

Not included: lunch, dinner, drinks, and tips.

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!



Rushing Grebes ONLINE Workshop: how, where and when to photograph them. *SOLD OUT

Date: October 27, 2021  - Wednesday - 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm EST

Cost: $25. Limit 20 participants. Session is 1.5 hours with Q&A.

This ONLINE workshop is great if you would like to learn about the Grebes, where to see them, where to photograph them so you can come back on your own time and spend hours with them later in the season. Online session with behaviour & technical info, photos, map to Lake Hodges,  and more. 


Beginner Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop 

Date: November 14, 2021 * Cost: $225  * limit 4 max * SOLD OUT

This is a 4 -5 hour workshop for those who wish to get into wildlife, landscape or macro photography. If you would like to learn more about your camera, which discipline would fit you the best, try out long lenses, learn the basics of wildlife and nature photography, this class is for you. Limit to 4 people only, you will have hands on instruction.

Location - exact spot TBD based on activity (Santee Lakes or San Dieguito Lagoon Del Mar).


Advanced Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop  at Lake Hodges

Date: November 21, 2021 * Cost: $350  * limit 4 max  * SOLD OUT

Take your photography to the next level! This is a 7 hour extended workshop, backlit photography, birds in flight, Grebes rushing, landscapes, photo processing and more. Pre-workshop online session also. Class will be tailored for the 4 attendees (questionare sent after sign-up completed). Class will be split in two sessions with a mid day break. Online session the night or two before.


Birding with a camera & Location Guiding 

8:00am - 10:00am  * Cost: $55  * limit 8 max each session

Dates & Location:

October 3, 2021 - Sunday-  San Dieguito Lagoon, Del Mar * sold out

November 13, 2021 -  Saturday - Lake Hodges, Escondido * sold out

Different location each time, join me at San Diego's Best photography spots for wildlife and landscapes. Casual and easy word walk, bring your camera too! Suggested if you are just getting into wildlife photography and would like to know where and what to photograph.

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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