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.
Below are some photos of life on Port San Luis Obispo Harbor, soon to be impacted by the 3-D seismic testing that will be conducted by PG&E starting in October. I attended a rally last weekend and instead of photographing the protesters I was much more interested in the creatures living on the Harbor whose lives will be impacted in some way by PG&E.
A Brown Pelican joins Cormorants, Gulls and Black Oystercatchers on this prime nesting rock in the ocean off Avila Beach, California. He then gets harassed by the Gulls (who have babies nesting on the rock) and flies off to dive for fish.
There must be a lot of fish on the back bay. I see many White Pelicans and Double-Crested Cormorants sharing space for the food source. A few Great Egrets will also make their way through the crowd. Today’s Photo: White Pelican and Double-Crested Cormorant (click to enlarge image)
I was walking around the bay 2 weeks ago with my partner, The Jedi Master, and our dog Blaze, when across an empty field I looked out into the bay and saw a tall black bird that appeared from a distance to be a duck. I thought to myself that it was too large to be a duck so I broke off from the pack, camera in hand, and slithered up behind an upside down canoe which was on the edge of the water but still a distance from the black ‘unknown’ bird.
Of course I started snapping photos quickly just before he caught wind of me and flew off. I then rushed home and put the photos on the computer and began to look up this odd bird on my birding chart. I discovered that I had come across a Double-Crested Cormorant. I’ve never seen one of these birds on the back bay before so I was very excited! And of course, I gave myself another ‘happy face’ sticker on my birding chart for another Great Beedie discovery. :O)
He’s a beautiful bird. Enjoy!