Tag Archives: California

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 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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McWay Falls, Big Sur, California

McWay Falls in Big Sur, CA, is one of only two waterfalls in California that flows directly into the ocean.  Just off Highway 1 in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Mcway Falls is one of the most picturesque locations in … Continue reading

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Osprey

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), also known as fish hawks, are birds of prey that primarily catch and eat fish.  They tend to live near water sources, such as lakes, rivers, and the coast.  An osprey will hover over the water to … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Bath Time

Sea otters must spend a lot of time grooming each day in order to stay warm in the chilly waters of the Pacific Ocean.  They somersault and rub their fur, which traps air bubbles in their fur to insulate them … Continue reading

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