North County – October 9th

October 18, 2010

Last Saturday, we headed North and hit some hotspots along the coast.  I believe this was the first time that I’ve ever seen sun at Oso Flaco.   It was still early for the wintering ducks, but there was a small group of Cinnamon Teal and several Eared Grebes at the lake.  We even managed to find one American White Pelican and a lone Osprey at the far side of the lake.  However, the highlight was the nearly tame Raccoons we ran into.  I know that they mean trouble for the nesting Least Terns, but they are so darn cute!  After Oso Flaco, we headed up to Morro Bay to look for the Sea Otters.  Initially, it appeared that they weren’t around, but eventually they swam over to check us out.


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Morro Bay Sea Otters

May 31, 2009

Here are photos of the very cooperative group of sea otters floating in the bay.  I was really glad to see them so close to shore, since they were the primary reason for stopping there.  It would have also been nice to see the Peregrines too.  Maybe next time.


“Sea Otters I”  –  Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, CA

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More from the Beach

May 4, 2009

Late last week, I managed to get in a few more trips to the beach around Campus Point and lagoon at UCSB.  I finally found some cooperative Brants and got decent photos.  Low tide continued to provide a multitude of starfish and anemone scenes and I’m particularly happy about the photo posted below.  A lone Surfbird is all that seems to remain of the large flock, but it allowed me to capture a shot I have been attempting for quite some time.  The highlight of the week has to be the Sea Otter I saw floating near shore late friday afternoon.  I have never seen one this far south, although I have seen several a few miles farther up the coast.


“Brant”  –  Campus Point at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA

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Best of September 2008

February 12, 2009

Most of September was spent searching for local wildlife.  I had a fun encounter with a small group of Sea Otters at Morro Bay.  Too bad the lighting wasn’t better.  I also started spending more time at the beach.  After ignoring it for most of my time here (I prefer the mountains), I started paying more attention to the diversity of shorebirds found in this area.  I don’t know why, but I think the Turnstones are one of my favorite shorebirds.  There is a subtle metallic quality to their feathers that is hard to capture, but captivating to watch.


“Sea Otter”  –  Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, CA


“Ivy on Tree”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“California Quail”  –  HW 1, near Lompoc, CA


“Wilson’s Warbler”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Black Turnstone”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA