Like a National Geogrphic Special

It was as if I just paddled into a National Geographic special. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting to watch and photograph.  There were loons, pelicans, herons, egrets, seals and sea otters in every direction.

I drove 3 hours from Sacramento to the Monterey area to go kayaking and photographing in the Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing. My friend, and American River kayak buddy, Paul Sayegh had been there a few times in recent weeks and seeing his pictures was more than enough to convince me to make the trip. I have another good friend, Michael Broome, that lives in that area, so I asked him to join us as well.  My Suburban was loaded with 2 kayaks, and gear inside, I was lucky there was enough room for my cameras and clothes.

We went out fairly early leaving the put in location at 7:30 and paddled until about noon.  It was so exciting to see the sea otters and harbor seals with their young. We did get to witness one nursing seal, but I didn’t see any otters nursing. I think they still are even though the pups are now quite large.

It’s a bit more of a challenge photographing in the slough than what I am used to in the American River.  The tidal current and the wind made it very difficult to keep the boat stable and in the locations I wanted.  Next time I am going to use an anchor to see if that improves the situation.

Here are a few of my favorites from day 1.

_5D42100.jpgCommon Loon 1/640 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 600mm


_5D42166.jpgSea Otter 1/640 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 600mm


_5D42221.jpgSea Otter   1/640 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 600mm


_5D42281.jpgHarbor Seal   1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 600mm


_5D42409.jpgHarbor Seal   1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 500mm


_5D43111.jpgNursing Harbor Seal   1/500 sec; f/14; ISO 800; 600mm


_5D42826.jpgSea Otter   1/500 sec; f/18; ISO 800; 600mm


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