Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gray whales movin' on up the coast

The first two photos today are of the migrating gray whales traveling north to their feeding grounds in Alaska. This is the tail end of the migration which means it is mostly moms with their new calves. These pairs typically stay very close to shore to avoid predation by orcas. The photo below is of the calf surfacing with the mom behind. The second photo was of particularly noticeable (and entertaining to me) spot on her back. 

 

Below is a California quail at Gaviota State park. It is about time for quail chicks, but I haven't seen any yet. Quail chicks could be one of my favorite animals to watch!