Today is the first part of a two-part contribution by regular Joe Dickinson. Joe’s notes and IDs are indented.
Here is the first of two sets of photos from a trip down the coast to Cambria and Morro Bay. That means, of course, elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), sea otters (Enhydra lutris) and California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi).
First is a great egret (Ardea alba).
This is the flowering stalk of a member of the genus Yucca or one of its relatives. I can’t be more specific than that. The view is north (or maybe more west) along the coast from our favorite d*g friendly motel.
Cambria has a nice boardwalk along the cliff top which my d*g loves because squirrels live under it and let him approach fairly close before diving under.
The rest are elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) at the rookery a few miles north of Cambria.
These pups have really packed on the pounds since being born this winter.
Is this a contented look or what?
They spend a lot of time throwing sand on themselves.
More sand throwing.