based on completely dark bill
the darkish chest is what caught my eye
not the greatest photo
Is the meal a grebe?
This individual was hanging out all alone in the dunes. It seemed odd- there were no other murres, loons, or similar birds anywhere around- the only birds out riding the waves were scoters. Maybe injured or lost?
Two peregrines, perched on their own snags about 100 yds from each other in the low dunes between the Salinas River lagoon and the sea. One noticeably larger than the other. They're both adults, so I'm guessing it's a mated pair? They stayed perched for the 15 mins. or so that I hung around the lagoon.
trying to photograph these things gives me fits