Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day three of my Log of the Searcher Natural History Tour Around the Baja by Boat

On arriving at Islas San Benito the skiffs were brought down, and we use the skiffs to travel around viewing the Guadalupe fur seals, California sea lions, some elephant seals and a nesting pair of Osprey.

Sunrise San Benito

 Ros enjoying her drink at Breakfast

Launching Skiffs

Launching Skiffs



Trip exploring the island by sea

Guadalupe Fur Seal Harum

Guadalupe Fur Seals sparring

Heermann's Gull

Osprey on Nest




Then the group landed on the beach, most of the group hiked around the island viewing the old lighthouse and observing nesting birds, desert plants and the elephant seals.

I I join a small group small group and spent my time on the island Watching the elephant seals. The male bull elephant seals were bellowing at each other, but no fights were observed. There were a number of female elephant seals with their young. There also occurred the birth of a new born elephant seal.. The gulls came and ate up the afterbirth.






Bull Elephant Seal bellowing

close up of female elephant seal face

Part of harum

Nursing

Elephant Seals Mating

Church for the fishermen

Waves

Bush Mallow look for the fly

Pelican Diving




After arriving back on the boat and having a snack, we left on the trip down to Laguna San Ignacio.



Long-beaked Common Dolphins

Short-finned Pilot Whale