Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Santa Barbara Channel sea otters

Today I am writing about my most common photography subject... Sea otters (Enhydra lutris). These are the, as my friend called them, 'SoCal beach blondes' of sea otters. They are so photogenic, how could I not stop and take a few photos?

To end the post, I will leave you with a member of the pinniped family enjoying lunch. This is a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) eating a swell shark (Cephaloscyllium ventriosum).

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bolsa Chica

I made a short trip down south in December and stopped at Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach. I then edited the photos on the same day as the last post (Jan 5) and uploaded them here and... never posted it for all of you! So here it is, a little late, but just as birdy as before.

Male bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Female bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) with a fish
Female bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

Forster's tern (Sterna forsteri)

Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Northern pintail (Anas acuta)

Northern pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern pintails (Anas acuta)

Surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Duck... Duck... Scoter! Surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) in the chase.

Greater scaup (Aythya marila)