While not the clearest shot, this distant adult Peregrine Falcon was captured as it crested the nearby scrub and flew low over the estuary, scattering thousands of shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl with each pass.
This pair of Northern Harriers were chasing each other over the marsh flats. Eventually I lost them as the crested the coastal dunes.
Among this flock of Common Goldeneyes is an unusual female with an entirely orange bill. Normally this feature is used to identify a female Barrow's Goldeneye, but in rare instances female common Goldeneys can exhibit all orange bills like this one. To separate this bird from a female Barrow's Goldeneye, I looked at the bill's shape; it is quite long in relation to the duck's head size and similar in shape to those of the others in the flock. Barrow's Goldeneyes have particularly short bills, a feature that is enhanced by their steep foreheads. These birds all show the sloped forehead and peak over the eye that is consistent with Common Goldeneyes.
Several of these rather large amphipods were found under a pile of rotting kelp.
Found under a pile of rotting kelp.
This individual was found under a pile of rotting kelp while exploring the beach wrack with gbentall.
Rove beetles in the genus Cafius specialize in shoreline and intertidal habitats and are especially common on sandy beaches where they hunt among piles of rotting seaweed. Eight species are found along the coast of central and northern California.
Or Greater. Please help.
well camouflaged in the slough vegetation
special thanks to Phil's Snack Shack for both tasty eats and good night-heron habitat