I seized the chance to go down to the spawning beach again today… I wasn’t finished taking pictures. For one thing, there was all that roe. But there was much more than that, as it turned out.
Well, I’d better finish up with the roe. For now, anyway.
In masses, it turned the lower levels of the beach, where the weed grows densely on the rock, from dark brown to grey.
But it’s the details that were astonishingly pretty, when you stop to look.
At any rate, the roe on weed was just the background. This is the real story. Know what it is?
It’s a ginormous raft of Stellar sea lions all floating around together sticking miscellaneous noses and flippers up for an airing and occasionally making quite astonishing noises. Probably a hundred of them. (Again, I apologize for the lack of a proper telephoto…. one of these days…) The dots in the foreground are mostly seals. There may have been some California sea lions in the mix as well.
Here’s a seal…. not a particularly good view, but I liked the colours and composition.
Here’s a slightly closer view of a sea lion. The raft is in the background. Oh, and a truly amazing number of gulls were flying around today. The fishermen had gone, but the wildlife was clearly in cleanup mode.
I don’t suppose this killdeer was after the herring, but it was hanging about and intriguing Our Dog, who was initially still on leash. When we let him off and he trotted over to investigate, the killdeer scurried away shrieking like someone whose virtue had been threatened, at which point Our Dog clearly thought, oh, just another of those silly birds, and went to look at something more interesting….
So a good day, all in all.