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Sea Otter Eating Crabs

Crabs are one of the favorite foods of sea otters.  Each individual sea otter specializes in 2-3 types of food that they prefer to eat, and their preferences usually come from their mother!  Researchers at the Elkhorn Slough have recently … Continue reading

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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf Synchronized Breach

This humpback whale mom (right) and calf (left) performed a synchronized breach in the Monterey Bay last summer.  Why the mom and calf pair sometimes breach together, or how they communicate to arrange to do so, is a mystery.  I … Continue reading

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Common dolphins, Monterey Bay, California

Common dolphins (delphinis) are not seen in the Monterey Bay too often, but last summer (July 2014) they were present as anchovy bait balls were near the shore and the Monterey Bay had warmer currents.  The dolphins, like the humpback … Continue reading

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Sea Otter eating a green crab

This sea otter is eating a green-colored crab.  Sea otters learn from their mothers how to eat crabs without getting pinched by first pulling off and eating the legs.  Sea otters must eat up to 25% of their body weight … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Resting in the Elkhorn Slough

This sea otter was photographed from a boat on the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, California.  Sea otters must eat up to a quarter of their weight every day, such that they spend a lot of time resting between meals … Continue reading

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Allen’s Hummingbird Landing Sequence

An Allen’s hummingbird lands on a perch in the UCSC Arboretum in early spring.  Allen’s hummingbirds migrate from southern California and Mexico each spring. Technical details: Canon 7D, Canon 500 + 1.4x (700mm), Gitzo tripod with wimberly

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Allen’s Hummingbird

An Allen’s hummingbird rests atop a plant, surveying the area.  Each spring, in February and early March, Allen’s hummingbirds migrate into our area from southern California and Mexico, where they proceed to compete for territories.  This photograph was taken in … Continue reading

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Baby Hummingbirds in their Nest

This hummingbird nest was concealed within some bushes.  The female hummingbird builds the nest by sitting in the middle as she builds the rim around her.  She uses spider webs to hold the nesting material together, and then she uses … Continue reading

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Sunset over Rocky Beach, Garrapata, California

Waves crash on Rocky Beach in Garrapata State Park, California, at sunset.  Located just south of Carmel, and at the gateway to Big Sur, Garrapata offers 2-miles of coastal hiking, peak hikes, and a rocky beach.  Garrapata State Park is … Continue reading

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Little Sur River in Big Sur, California

The Little Sur River flows through the Ventana wilderness and into the Pacific Ocean.  According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Little Sur River is one of the best streams in the U.S. for Steelhead, which is … Continue reading

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