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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 15, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Slater,

I've pondered that option,too. It all depends on the topography along the coast. I believe you went out of Monterey for your pelagic, right? Monterey is unusual in that it has deep water canyons (1000s of feet) just a few miles offshore. As an example, the situation is quite different not much further north on trips to the Farallons. They are still on the Continental Shelf even though they are over 25 miles outside of the Golden Gate Bridge. True pelagic species (shearwaters, storm-petrels, etc.) aren't usually encountered until you go out about 5 miles further. Since there are many thousands of seabirds breeding on the Farallons, you do see Cassin's and Rhinoceros Aucklets and Tufted Puffins near the islands. Of course, last year we saw a Laysan Albatross on the way back home. Sooty Shearwaters do often come close to shore, especially around Santa Cruz. In SoCal Black-vented Shearwaters do the same. Murres and Murrelets might be seen nearshore. You can check offshore depths with Google Earth. You should go for it anyway and give us a report.

[EDIT] I forgot to mention that it seems that steep dropoffs in the ocean floor that result in upwelling are the best for concentrating food and therefore seabirds. You can also see these features well on Google Earth. I'm sure any fishing boat captains are aware of these areas in their usual fishing areas.
amyjo

Trad climber
Oct 15, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
Randisi

Por favor

Your photo 10/15 8:31am

I know someone has to go first
but yikes. Did it just crater?

The Holy Innocent


Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 15, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
Today driving through Halfmoon Bay noticed a big field with maybe 30 or more hawks standing around on the ground. Mostly red-tails with a few harriers mixed in. Some kind of convention.

Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
click to enlarge and take a look at those talons
click to enlarge and take a look at those talons
Credit: Mike Bolte
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Oct 16, 2012 - 06:23am PT
Randisi

Por favor

Your photo 10/15 8:31am

I know someone has to go first
but yikes. Did it just crater?

I didn't take the photo. I found it on the Internet without attribution.

Hopefully the duckling wasn't too far off the ground, especially if the nest is actually in that tree.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:44am PT
Those are Wood Duck babies taking their first 'flight'. Sometimes they
may free-fall 20' or more! Ideally they land on a nice thick bed of leaves
but if mom didn't pick her tree hole with that in mind then...
amyjo

Trad climber
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:46am PT
Randisi, Reilly
Thank you for your reply
(Holy Innocent = Name of the Bird.)
or some awesome climb yet to come.
Hasta.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:02am PT
There's probably some footage of that on youtube or something.
I've seen it on TV shows. They just plummet, take a big bounce and
start running away after Mom.
Goldeneyes and some others also do it that way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2cWIqDpHPM&feature=related
this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 16, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Here's a couple from fishing on the North Fork of the San Joaquin River. Have no idea what they are, but thought I'd share them.
Credit: this just in
This next one I always see at the beginning of a pool or at the end.
Credit: this just in
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 16, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
^^^

Black Phoebe and a Dipper?

DMT
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 06:39pm PT
It is pretty wild imagining cavity nesting ducklings jumping to the forest floor, but this is even more amazingBASE-jumping goslings without the parachute

It seems to be a low-efficiency process, but apparently has been successful evolutionarily.
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:20pm PT
watched a massive hawk devour a pigeon in the dunes west of the gym today, was able to get fairly close. The bird was about 2 foot tall and gorgeous. Wish I got pics, but they are just in my mind...

Charles
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 16, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Hey 'this just in', I'm envious of your photos. I've seen Dippers a number of times, and never taken as good any/a photo. I'm not sure that it's a Black Phoebe, but: we don't have them up here (one in 40 years or something).


And I posted a new one to the Birders Big Year thread:http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1762186&msg=1955477#msg1955477


hint: [Greater] White Fronted Goose
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
this just in, thanks for the photos. Dippers are too cool. Your first bird looks like a Dark-eyed Junco.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 16, 2012 - 08:27pm PT
yup - Junko and dipper
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 16, 2012 - 09:19pm PT
The Ouzel, so much more poetic than Dipper, was John Muir's favorite bird.
this just in

climber
north fork
Oct 17, 2012 - 08:25am PT
Thanks for the knowledge, cool to know the name of the dipper cause I see them all the time on creeks and rivers.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
I am working on tagging some images and I was wondering what kind of bird this is? I took this on the Brazos River in Waco, Texas.



Pretty I know...

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:10pm PT
It's a Slum Duck, aka Muscovy - basically a domestic hybrid gone bad.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Thanks Reilly!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:41pm PT
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Credit: Mike Bolte
Bad photo of a Loggerhead Shrike
Bad photo of a Loggerhead Shrike
Credit: Mike Bolte
Finally, a decent shot of a Bewick's Wren
Finally, a decent shot of a Bewick's Wren
Credit: Mike Bolte
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