On our last day, we decided to go up into the mountains near Ventura to see if we could see Condors. A small chance I know, but it would have been great just to see one of these amazing birds. We didn't in the end, but it was a lovely peaceful end to our trip up there as we had the place to ourselves.......except for some lizards!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Caliornia birding trip part 3
This is the final installment about a birding trip I took with friends to Southern California. The weather was perfect in April and we saw almost all the target birds that we went for as well as some other fantastic wildlife.
Our drive north from Ventura up the coast to Morro Bay was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Our target for that day was to see Sea Otters. We couldn't have had more luck as for hours, we watched a mother Sea Otter and pup eating and swimming together at pretty close range. A truely magical experience!
This Western Gull often swam close to the Sea Otters to try and snatch a tasty morsel.
Another fantastic time we had was watching a colony of Elephant Seals. We only saw a couple of the males and they stayed pretty distant. The females more than made up for that though with their bickering and fighting and some of the pups were plain cute! (-: