|A whimbrel, a shore bird found on the beaches in Southern California.|
Because of that, it's rather exceptional for me to get any decent pictures of wildlife. I have to remember to mount my telephoto lens (I usually use a 35 mm prime lens), the critter has to be well lit and it has to be relatively stationary.
|A ground squirrel giving me the side-eye.|
|A western diamondback rattlesnack (we believe)|
|Can you spot the rattlesnake in this picture? Click the picture to enlarge it.|
After seeing it, we warned all the people on the beach with young children not to let the wee ones wander near the bluffs.
We stopped for a cold drink during our first trip to the beach and were delighted to catch sight of this osprey, stopping for its lunch.
|You can see his prey, but there's no way to tell whether it was fish, fowl, or rodent.|
An air battle ensued, but the osprey never lost its prize. It did, however, find a different spot to perch.
Meanwhile, in the ocean behind the birds, Paul noticed sudden spurts of spray: whales!
|Probably Gray Whales|
Here's the picture they include in the article (I did not take this picture; it was taken by a NOAA drone).
|Amazing picture, eh?|
Image by NOAA hexacopter (drone), by Wayne Perryman
|The baby whale swims snuggled up right alongside the mother, as you can see.|
I'm sure the people on the boats were thrilled. And if I were one of them, I would probably be cheering on the captains. But it doesn't seem a good thing.
Closer to shore, we examined the tide pools. Most of the living things we saw there were not very photogenic, but I thought this tiny anemone was charming.
Not that I touched it or anything. Not supposed to anyway. There are signs all over the place advising visitors not to touch any plants or wildlife, and not to turn over any rocks. Good advice.
As we wandered back to the path that would take us back up the bluffs and to our resort, we saw a wave of pelicans round the point.
|This may, in fact, be Pelican Point.|
|From below, they look like pterodactyls.|
So much to see! Not that this was all in one day -- we saw these things over several days and several hours. But if you go there, with your eyes open, you will be entertained indeed.
P.S. This post is titled "fauna," so you know what's next, right?