Sea Lions – 5

Sea Lions - 4

Look to the right!
Sea Lions at Elkhorn Slough in the Monterey Bay, California.

The series of sea lions is finally coming to an end. Next week, I promise, there will be photographs of a different subject. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the first interview of this year, to be posted tomorrow.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/500sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.57 AM
Date: May 10, 2008

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Sea Lions – 2

Sea Lions - 2

Sea Lions at Elkhorn Slough in the Monterey Bay, California.

Happy New Year ! I am back with new posts on this photoblog as of today. And I will be back with new photographer interviews starting this Friday. Hope you will enjoy the photographs and interviews posted here this coming year. Any comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome. You can contact me through this email ID: supradaurval at gmail dot com.

This photo here is a continuation from my Sea Lion series, shot at Elkhorn Slough.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/750sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 260mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.56 AM
Date: May 10, 2008

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Sea Lions – 1

Sea Lions - 1s

Big Hombre snoozing with the smaller ones.
Sea Lions at Elkhorn Slough in the Monterey Bay, California.

Elkhorn slough, about 10 miles north of Monterey is an amazing place for wildlife. Over the weekend, I was on a boat tour run by Captain Yohn. A bunch of photographer buddies from the FM_NorCal group had booked two tours on the pontoon boat, each of us paying for 2 seats – one for us, one for our equipment.

This was my second time at Elkhorn. From last time, I was pleased to obtain a few images of pelicans and other birds. The goal this time was to concentrate on Sea Otters. But it was not to be…I indeed got a few nice pictures of sea otters, which I have posted a couple of times before, and more of which are coming. But the star of this trip, for me were the sea lions. This here, is a photo of the big guy snoozing in a very cool pose..Note the big huge neck.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/750sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 260mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.56 AM
Date: May 10, 2008

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Long-billed Curlew

Long-Billed Curlew\

Long-Billed Curlew, Elkhorn Slough.

The long-billed Curlew\’s most interesting feature is, unsurprisingly, its long, downward curving bill. This migratory bird can be found on the seashore in winter, and during the breeding season, in fields and prairies.

Interesting fact about these curlews: \”Both the male and female Long-billed Curlew incubate the eggs, and both are aggressive in defense of nests and young. The female typically abandons the brood two to three weeks after hatching and leaves brood care to her mate. Despite this abandonment the same male and female often pair with each other again the next year.” Source: Cornell Site

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 3.29 PM
Date: November 3, 2007

Lone Cormorant

Lone Cormorant\

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!

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.33 AM
Date: November 3, 2007

Midflight

Midflight\

Brown Pelican in Midflight, Elkhorn Slough, Moss landing.

\”Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I\’m darned if I know how the helican.\”

Dixon Lanier Merritt
(1879-1972)

Interesting Fact – The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

On a technical note: Vikas asked \”all your recent pics are at f/5.6 . shooting in av mode\”.
For the complete series of images from Elkhorn Slough, I was shooting at aperture priority mode, wide open. The thinking was that I want to freeze motion and get the sharpest images I can. Hence lens wide open, beacuse of which I ended up sacrificing depth of field . I did this stupid thing of using evaluative metering. Next time, I\’ll go the spot metering way. Hopefully, that will help me with the highly reflective otter coats.

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/750sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 190mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 9.42 AM
Date: November 3, 2007