Susanville Photographer Randy Robbins goes to great lengths to capture stunning wildlife photography in Northern California. Sitting patiently in the wilderness, he bides his time to see wildlife in action and keeps his camera close for the perfect moment. And for his tireless efforts, he was recognized with the 2019 Sierra Nevada Conservancy California Wildlife Photo of the Year.
Robbins was welcomed to the floor of the state senate with Brian Dahle where he received a certificate honoring his photo of an eagle catching a fish on Antelope Lake. The photo was chosen by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Out of This World Optics and California Watchable Wildlife and was displayed outside the governor’s office for a week at the end of January.
Here’s what the judges said about the selection of the photo:
“It can take hours, days, even months and years of patience, perseverance and technical skill to get a shot as in-the-moment as Randy Robbins’ razor-sharp image of a bald eagle in mid-flight with wings outstretched and a fish in its talons. It’s the only time in the history of the photo contest that all three photo-contest judges came to an immediate consensus on the first-place winner.”
Spending plenty of time in his kayak on Lake Antelope, Robbins was able to find the wildlife hotspots on the water, helping him determine the perfect place to wait for photography opportunities. After he found an eagle’s nest on the lake, he returned frequently to catch his “bucket list” photo of the eagle catching a fish.
“I was in the right place at the wrong time hundreds of times, and then in the right place at the right time once,” Robbins said to the Lassen County Times.
Many people don’t realize the patience and determination that goes into wildlife photography. Robbins is living proof that timing is everything.