Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ano Nuevo stroll

April 8 - Spring Break Week for the kids. Kitty and I headed up to walk to the Ano Nuevo headland to take a look at (and sniff of) the elephant seals.

There is a good history here about an almost-extinct population of elephant seals that has made an incredible comeback.

Always lots of birds as this is a nice meadow/wetland/scrub habitat. We saw some. I like the photo of the blackbird - it had just dropped off the fence and had not yet opened its wings.

Poppies, wild strawberries, Indian paintbrush

Then, the famous wild elephant seals. All the big bulls are off to Alaska, mostly 1st-year pups and females.

The docents knew alot and were very nice and informative

A little goofball pup.

The old home for the lighthouse keeper family is still out on the island. Now occupied by sea lions and birds.

Took all these photos with a Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300 VR

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