Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flies, Flowers, and Elephant Seals

More non-bird-portraits--deal with it.  I have more bird portraits than I know what to do with.  The island gull population has dropped rapidly as young Western Gulls start flying to the mainland to start new lives away from this rock.  The blowflies have capitalized on the bounty that is dead gull chicks (and Alcids, and seals and sea lions...) and have been waging battle on the PRBO house occupants (Dan's banana cake was successfully defended this evening against a far superior force).  Birds have been slow.  Life goes on.

Elephant Seals provide endless entertainment--they stare at you with their giant goggle-eyes, they grunt, they jiggle... And they wage war with their own kind.

One of a handful of native Farallonian plants: Sand Spurrey (Spergularia macrotheca).  This is a double portrait: flower plus blowfly.   Look forward to a portrait of the famous 'Farallon Weed' in the near-future.

1 comment:

  1. Soooo I think Christian is basically an elephant seal....?