A Brandt\’s Cormorant in Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California.
During the Elkhorn Slough Safari on the pontoon boat, the number or cormorants we saw were amazing. There were easily a couple of hundred cormorants.
Moss Landing, about 10 miles North of Monterey is one of the few commercial fishing harbors left in California. Here, you can watch big and small fishing boats go out to sea and later come back with their fresh catch on any day. This area is has tidal sloughs and freshwater ponds adjacent to each other. No wonder then, that this area is just so fantastic for birding that it has been recognized as and IBA (Important Bird Area) of international significance. This area is a principal staging and feeding area for migratory shorebirds.
Elkhorn Slough is located right in the center of the curve of Monterey Bay and drains directly into the Pacific Ocean through the Moss Landing harbor channel. This channel was created by man, and rivers had to be diverted, one of them being the Salinas River ran north from its present mouth to its old original mouth north of today\’s Moss Landing. Today\’s Moss Landing harbor and various sloughs around here, to the south are a part of this old river bed.
So thats some information to ruminate over the weekend. I will be back next week with more birds, this time shorebirds. And hopefully, some lighthouse photos. Have a great weekend!
Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.33 AM
Date: November 3, 2007