Malibu Lagoon is one of my very favourite places- I have spent many idyllic hours there photographing Pelicans, Egrets, Cormorants and countless other birds as well as the ocean.
The Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean and consists of 22 acres of wetlands and sandy beaches. One of the wonderful things about it is this juxtaposition to the sea: the bird-packed lagoon is just separated from the Ocean by a narrow strip of sand- so always you can see the sea beyond the Lagoon. When you have had your fill of gazing at the Lagoon you can go onto the beach and gaze at the waves and the surfers- and watch the Pelicans flying from the Lagoon to the Ocean and dramatically, vertically diving into it. Also, the plants and shrubs on the land give out exotic smells. To me it is a Paradise, and hard to believe it is so close to Los Angeles.
Today was hot and sunny so I rushed to it. It is always unpredictable whether you hit a good moment for photographing birds. Today they were all skulking out of reach- except for a very powerful lens which I did not have- so it was a day for watching their patterns on the water rather then taking close ups. Here are some of the patterns I enjoyed: