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Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens

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dpom

Date

November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

Description

First winter plumage

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 04:28 PM PST

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Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

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dpom

Date

November 19, 2014

Description

Common color variety in this introduced species.

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Spotted Dorid Triopha maculata

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dpom

Date

November 19, 2014 11:24 AM PST

Description

Large peach-tinted egg masses on giant kelp blades. Masses about 1.5" in diameter.

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dpom

Date

November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

Description

It's in there munching away on the hydroids. Not your standard field guide shot, though. Sorry!

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Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

Description

Calling this individual C. steinbergae because there is no dorsal notch and the rhinophores appear to be simple. We have seen C. pacifica in this location, as well.

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dpom

Date

November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

Description

Not even sure this is a Eubranchus, but leaning toward E. rustyus.

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Doto amyra

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

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Doto kya

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

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Isopods Order Isopoda

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dpom

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November 19, 2014 11:10 AM PST

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California Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Always strange for me to see this north of Monterrey Bay, but Donna said she's seen them in abundance sometimes off Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Many years ago I saw one off Land's End in SF County - a place they were hunted 100 years ago into extirpation.

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

Description

Female

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

Description

A first for me. Jaw-dropping beauty. Transcends my ability to...paint.

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Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

Description

Donna said these are in Golden Gate Park, but I don't think I've ever seen them this dark there...

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Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

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Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014

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Branched Dendronotus Dendronotus frondosus

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anudibranchmom

Date

November 19, 2014 01:43 PM PST

Description

About 4 mm, hiding deep in hydroids on giant kelp. For closeup of rhinophore, please see 2nd photo.

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California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

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robberfly

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November 19, 2014 04:10 PM PST

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Pacific aster Symphyotrichum chilense

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robberfly

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November 19, 2014 03:45 PM PST

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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robberfly

Date

November 19, 2014 03:11 PM PST

Description

Came to this amazing place to see my first Wood Duck....

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anudibranchmom

Date

November 19, 2014 02:32 PM PST

Description

A small Corambe, perhaps 4 mm. Simple rhinophores with brownish-red tips (moving right in this photo), and no posterior notch after watching it move around for several minutes.

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anudibranchmom

Date

November 19, 2014 02:10 PM PST

Description

Not sure of this ID because of:
1) Rhinophores aren't banded
2) Interesting dark line on head between rhinophores
3) Markings are brown, not green
4) Pink dot on body
5) 4th pair of cerrata significantly larger than the others.

Tiny, about 3mm. Found on giant kelp among hydroids. Photos with darker blue background are highly Photoshopped to show markings better, but the truer color is in the lighter photos.