The Snowy Plovers Are Back

Cold winds sweep over Carmel River State Beach. Pelicans and sea gulls enjoying the absence of humans, flock to surf’s edge. Almost unseen in all of this are tiny birds burrowing in the sand–the endangered snow plover. Researchers claim there are only about 2,500 snowy plovers along the Pacific Coast. Therefore, it was refreshing toContinue reading “The Snowy Plovers Are Back”

The Games Pelicans Play

On November 15 and 16 the highest tides of the year are expected along the Monterey Coast. In preparation for this event, brown pelicans and a few sea gulls challenge the rough surf at Carmel River State Beach. The birds wait for the last second to take off before the surf crashes on the deeplyContinue reading “The Games Pelicans Play”

The Transition of Power

In the animal world instinct usually dictates the transition of power. In the photos one scrub jay has a seed, puts it in the mouth of a counterpart, then withdraws it. Seems unfair, or at least mean. (I think the power jay here is teaching the other about eating.)But take our presidential election where theContinue reading “The Transition of Power”