Readers’ wildlife photos

March 11, 2020 • 8:11 am

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.

16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Lovely pics. Some seals look so gluttony, especially on land, they perhaps should have been given the sloth name rather than the present incumbent.

  2. Lovely pictures as always Joe. One of my favorite parts of the coast, and I plan on being there this summer enroute to a wedding in Point Reyes. There is an area just north of Cayucos where I would always see egrets, sometimes quite a few. Is that where you got the picture?

    1. No, it was on the cliff top right in Cambria. There is a wildlife refuge on Elkhorn Slough just inland from Moss Landing where I have seen large numbers of egrets.

      1. I will check that out. Plan to spend time in Cambria area and Monterey before heading north to Point Reyes. That is if it is still possible to safely travel by then.

  3. Beautiful part of the country…I love the Northern California coast. Thanks for these enjoyable photos.

  4. I love Cambria. My mom grew up in the San Antonio Valley, on the other side of the Santa Lucia Mountains, so she went to the beach there often when she was a child.Her family also went north to Pismo, back when there was nothing there. Even when my children were young, there was nothing there except the seals and the sea lions and the kelp. I’m officially homesick now!

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