Northern Bull Elephant Seals: The male elephant seal is a sight to behold, up to 15 feet long, 4,500 pounds, with a huge bulbous nose that inflates with air and makes a thundering noise used to intimidate other males. Elephant seals make one of the longest migration of any marine mammal, with males migrating for a total of 13,000 miles for their semi-annual trips to the Aleutian Islands.
A wonderful year for the annual Morro Bay Bird Festival (except for the California drought). Was able to grab this photo of a Double-Crested Cormorant during my first class on Birding Hotspots for Photographers. More photos of the Bird Festival to come later.
Happy New Year Friends and WordPress Family! Music and Laughter are the high cards for 2014. Play them often.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Our small community is going from Septic system to a community wide Sewage system. We are one of the few lucky ones to have a pump station installed in our front yard/driveway. This has been going on for months now. Needless to say it has scattered my fine feathered wintering migrant friends away.
This time of year brings the most beautiful sunsets on the back bay. To shoot a sunset I always use a Polarizing filter or Neutral Density. Click to enlarge for better viewing.
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The butterflies form dense clusters with each one hanging with its wing down over the one below it to form a shingle effect. This provides shelter from the rain and warmth for the group. The weight of the cluster help keeps it from whipping in the wind and dislodging the butterflies. This colony is one of the largest in the nation, hosting an average of 25,000 butterflies over the last five years.
I just returned from a 10 day vacation in Sedona, AZ. Some initial shots are below. More will be forthcoming. I look forward to catching up with your postings as well :O)
Originally posted on Phil Lanoue Photography:
One of the most fun and interesting types of bird photos I enjoy taking are those of when a bird decides it’s time to leave and flies away. I refer to that exact moment as the ‘jump off’. I spend a lot of time observing and attempting to recognize certain aspects of a bird’s behavior, attitude and body posture, to predict when it’s likely to jump off, so I can hopefully be ready to capture this action. I blink or turn my head at that time and it’s over and I missed it.
This past weekend I was watching everyone’s favorite grumpy pink spoonbill when he started to have ‘the look’. I have seen this before and suspected he had enough of the crowd in the near corner of the marsh pond and was ready to head off on his own. Sure enough…he did jump off and I grabbed a few shots as he left. In the last photo, notice how just after he clears the edge of the pond around the reeds and enters open water, he flies by a group of egrets that appear mildly bemused by the sight of this odd pink bird gliding by.
Originally posted on Photo Nature Blog:
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I was very fortunate to be close enough to this Red Tailed Hawk as it flew above me to capture a detailed image of its powerful talons. The position of the sun backlit the bird of prey’s tail feathers at the same moment, adding to the impact of the composition.
Red Knot Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection