A short while ago I was conscripted into taking my wife’s hounds for a walk. My choice of venue for this ghastly job was to walk beside the sea on the Haul Road. The Haul Road is the name of what used to be Union Lumber Company’s railroad tracks from Fort Bragg to Ten Mile River. Whilst recovering from having my arms pulled out of their sockets I looked out over the waves and saw a flight of pelicans skimming along the top of the waves. After the Great Blue heron Pelicans are the birds I enjoy watching the most. Here’s a gallery of pics of pelicans that I have collected.
Along with the Great Blue Heron Osprey’s are my favorite bird. If you go along the South side of the Noyo river you’ll come to a public ramp. Look up into the trees and you’ll see Ospreys nesting. The osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish.
There was a medieval belief that fish were so mesmerised by the osprey that they turned belly-up in surrender, and this is referenced by Shakespeare in Act 4 Scene 5 of Corialanus:
“I think he’ll be to Rome As is the osprey to the fish, who takes it By sovereignty of nature.”
Hands up all those who knew that Shakespeare bit? Huh, not even one.
Click on any photo to see the gallery full size.
A Diving Osprey = look carefully the talons are in front of its beak
The Great Blue Heron is my favorite bird. I have watched one hunt gophers in a field of a million gopher holes. Now, how did that heron know that there was a gopher down THAT hole. They are tall. They are very graceful. When they land they remind me of a 747 landing. Breathtaking.
In the sixteen years we have lived here I have seen quite a few but, until very recently, have never had a camera to hand when one hove into view. That changed when I was on the beach and I espied one on a rock just beyond the surf:
Seaside Beach north of Inglenook
It ain’t the greatest photo but ……..
For the technically minded this is what Wiki has to say about the Great Blue Heron: The great blue heron is a large wading bird in the heron family, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America . as well as the Caribbean and the Galapogos Islands. These two pics are by pros:
Vids are hard come by. This one is the one I like best of the few I have found: