This blog records my experiences as a docent at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Highway 1 in California. Adult seals return to the beach in December for the breeding season.
Monday, June 30, 2014
It's summer, and the adult males are back on the beach.
This one lets the audience know he's here. He's gained plenty of weight on his post-breeding season foraging migration.
They are piled up, although this isn't a very busy time of year. The age range is from five years to maturity. Some could be as old as twelve. They are in varying stages of molting, accounting for the brown skin peeling off to reveal gray skin underneath.
I've written three books about raising traditional breed poultry in small flocks, How to Raise Chickens, How to Raise Poultry, and The Field Guide to Backyard Chickens. I blog about poultry at http://poultrybookstore.blogspot.com. I'm interested in all animals and the wildlife of California's Central Coast enchants me.