We missed the flying fish festival last week in Avalon.
We hit the water after renting a boat from Joe's Rent-a-Boat
. The sun was not yet fully out, but the growing light blue sky was reflecting off the dark blue Pacific.
We cruised by a quad of Harbor Seals sunning themselves on our way to find a nice spot to anchor and have a picnic.
During our picnic up at Long Point / Pirates Cove, a lone seagull came to beg for scraps.
There was a whole bunch of Great Blue Herons
flying around and fighting each other. We must be in the nesting grounds.
The rocks at Long Point, shot from our anchored boat.
Then we weighed anchor and started heading back. We had already seen The Harbor Seals
, and a bunch of Sea Lions
, along with the usual suspects of GB Herons
, Brandt's Cormorants
, Brown Pelicans
, and an Osprey
. So now we were searching for some harder to find critters.
There we go. Deanna spotted one of the islands Bald Eagles sitting atop the cross near some Christian Camp. There are two great webcams pointed at two nests on Catalina Island. One has 3 young eagles.
and the other one has one young eagle
There are 2 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles
on Catalina. We continued on our way and spotted some Leopard Sharks
near Gallagher Beach, between Frog Rock and Toyon Bay.
While we were looking at Leopark Shark, I spotted some Dolphins and was off to get amongst them.
We cruise up, and the Common Dolphin
just race to the front of our boat and turn sideways to check us out.
These guys were herding schools of fish by racing around in circles, and actually Sea Lions were in there helping them. They close the circle and then dart in and snatch up a fish, shredding it instantly, causing the hovering seagulls to all dive in and fight for scraps.
It was fascinating to be right in the middle of this, watching it all happen.
You can see them upside down all under our boat...
A Sea Lion was taking part in the fish fest too.
After our epic boat tour, we were tired, and walked around Avalon and Descanso.
Then before the sun even set, we were back on the ferry home...