Brown feathered bird with a long, skinny slightly hooked beak. I saw them on the beaches of Malibu at El Matador to be specific.
Sitting on offshore rocks.
A Hawk Moth that a friend had caught in the camp site at night. We watched the moth flutter an pump its abdomen as it respirated, before releasing it back into the park a few minutes later.
A pair of California Thrashers were actively out and about around the camp site around 7 AM that morning. They had actually copulated in front of a classmate's tent that morning; after emerging from his tent, he then claimed to have heard the commotion going on outside when it happened.
I only managed to get a blurred photo of the female, after the male had jumped off of her.
A couple of large Pisaster giganteus specimens that I found clinging to the boulders in the surf at low tide.
I attempted to use both my water bottle and my foot as a substitute scale bar.
While we were searching for small invertebrates and fish that may have been in the tide pools on top of the bedrock jetties, we stumbled upon a California Sea Lion pup that was also resting on that same jetty on the beach, approximately twenty feet away from me.
We did not deliberately approach the pup, nor did we harass or yell at it either, as prohibited by the MMPA. We did not know it was there until it moved, and once we realized it was there, we slowly backed away from it, while taking photos and even some video of the encounter. And as we backed off, my companions and I had kept the other tourists and their children from harassing the pup until a lifeguard arrived and tape the area off.
Several Sea Hares that we had encountered among the smaller boulders at low tide. Several kids had decided to round up as many Sea Hares as they could find, then place them into a little sandy pool that the kids had made themselves. There were some very unhappy Sea Hares that afternoon.
Some sort of Goby (left) and a Sculpin (right) that we found in the tide pools on top of the bedrock jetties, during low tide in the afternoon.
Some sort of Sculpin that we had found in the tide pools on top of the bedrock jetties, during the low tide in the afternoon.
One of a pair of possible California two-spot Octopus that were encountered in the tide pools of Leo Carrillo State Beach.
One of a few Oak Titmouse birds that had flown through the campground during the afternoon.
The corpse of a Common Murre, discovered on Leo Carillo State Beach.
One of a pair of Rad-Shouldered Hawks that had claimed this stretch of the canyon and its campground as their territory. They were most often seen in the morning an again in the late afternoon.
A few of several California Quails that were encountered in the Sycamore Canyon Campgrounds during the morning and late afternoon hours.