Elkhorn Slough Day 3

It was overcast again on my last day at the slough, so I slept in an extra half an hour. The last two days we had noticed one mother and child pair of otters that were especially comfortable around us.  For the most part they paid us no attention, except for the occasional visit when the young otter would put its paws on my boat and peak inside. I decided I was going to spend most of my morning with them if they were in their usual area.  Fortunately they were.

The tide was fairly low which exposes the sea grass. I was able to put my kayak into a batch of sea grass, essentially anchoring my self in one location.  The otters swam around, diving for food constantly.  They are voracious eating machines. There were times they came up within feet of my kayak allowing me to take many close up images.

I also cruised around and found some other wildlife to photograph.

Here are a few images.

_5D43808.jpg1/400 sec; f/7.1; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 3200; 600mm

 

_5D43865.jpg1/400 sec; f/8; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 3200; 600mm

 

_5D43920.jpg1/400 sec; f/8; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 3200; 600mm

 

_5D44033.jpg1/400 sec; f/81; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 2500; 483mm

 

_5D44077.jpg Marbled Godwit  1/400 sec; f/8; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 2000; 552mm

 

_5D44096.jpgCalifornia Gull   1/400 sec; f/8; exp comp +.67; Auto ISO 1600; 600mm

 

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