Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day Ten of my Log of the Searcher Natural History Tour Around the Baja by Boat February 1, 2011

Because of the storms up in the states, causing increasing north winds coming down the Gulf of California and increasing the seas, our schedule was changed. We were anchored again at Ilsa San Jose.  Great Sunrise again

Early in the morning because of the tide schedule and the sandbar, we needed a high tide to get into the mangrove area, we explored this area by skiff. Many wading birds were seen along with a mangrove warbler, which is a subspecies of the yellow warbler.

Mangrove (Yellow) Warbler

Osprey and Turkey Vulture

Reddish Regret in Flight

Great Blue Heron in Flight

White Ibis

The mangrove swamp is a valuable ecological area, providing home and sanctuary to not only birds, but fish, crustations and other life. The main portion of the swamp is made up of red mangrove but there are also black mangroves in the area.

Red Mangrove Drop Roots

Mangrove Swamp

Mangrove Swamp with Isla San Jose and Cordon Cactus in background

After we returned aboard the searcher, we moved to Ilsa San Francisco, where another shore excursion took place. Some people walk the beach, others hiked the southern cliffs, and a few people snorkeled the bay. There was some flowers coming into bloom and I did find a butterfly, but I am still  trying to ID it.

We then traveled to Los islote, where we again took a skiff ride the great views of the Sea Lions and the birds from the skiffs. A group of the passengers snorkeled among the Sea Lions.

Beachmaster and his Harem

Blue Booby

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

Magnificent Frigatebird

Wandering Tattler and Sally Lightfoot

The searcher then traveled to the calm waters of Ensenada Grande, where we had a barbecue on the deck. With the lights on and shining on the water, it brought fish into the area, and with them came the pelicans to feast on the fish.

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