I went down to Jenner for a paddle yesterday but got so tired out I never was able to post the blog until today.
I arrived at Jenner just after noon, about the time most people are going home for the day as they were out for a morning paddle.
I got the boat into the water and right away ran into a bunch of brown pelicans. They seemed to be everywhere today, lots of them.
I paddled over to where they were and got right in the middle of them.
Lucky I didn’t get run over.
So, it looked like it would be a brown pelican day. I turned and started up river where there were more of them.
They are graceful fliers, especially for being such large birds.
This was a big group of them. It seems they all wanted to be on the old redwood stump in the water.
I sat around and just watched them do their thing.
I paddled up the river a short distance and saw this little bird feeding in the rocks on the shoreline.
And I paddled by these birds which were resting on the shoreline getting some sun, mostly cormorants.
And this bird was keeping an eye on me as I passed on by, but didn’t fly off.
Headed down the river
I headed on back down the river and was soon in the pelicans again.
It turns out there were a lot of little fish in the estuary that they were eating, but they were also resting and washing and preening too.
I paddled on down to the open mouth where the river flows into the ocean and this was the scene.
I hung around the mouth area for awhile just sitting in my boat watching the goings on.
It was getting late in the day so I started heading back up the river towards the boat ramp going by these pelicans feeding in the shallows.
This one got pretty close to me.
I made it to the boat ramp and crossed over to it.
And got my car and loaded up my boat. The sun is on it’s way down for the day, looking down the river from the boat ramp.
That was a nice day but something about going to the ocean tires one out and I sure was, so I went to bed early last night.
Today, Marty came by to finalize our plans for a trip we will be taking in about a week.
Up into the hills
After we had that all figured out, we took a ride up into the forest to throw some small rocks and sticks off the roads and to have a nice ride around the hills.. I took a rope with us to try and pull that big tree off the hill that we left there the other day, but the little quad runner was too small to budge it.
We rode around and stopped and hiked out a trail then headed on home.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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