Tuesday February 16, 2016 Jenner CA.
Sunny warm day
The wind was down and the sun was out as I drove into Jenner today and put my boat in the water.
Lots of fishing cormorants
River’s mouth is open, but perched
Lots more cormorants
Harbor seals playing with a big fish
River otters check me out
I worked my way up the back channel up to this spot where I was sitting at the redwood log graveyard when these three river otters popped up right in front of me for just a bit before diving back under the water and disappearing.
Even more cormorants
I moved on up to Eagle’s landing where I stopped here and could see this big flock of cormorants resting over by Paddy’s rock. We went from less than a dozen a few days ago to this at this spot, all because the hatchery fish are tasty.
Osprey like them too
I saw an osprey fly into a tree near me so I paddled over to check it out. It also likes to dine on the hatchery fish. It’s eating a fish and put it’s wings up to keep it’s balance as it tore into the fish.
I see Steve fishing
I thought I could see Steve fishing just above the highway one bridge, so I started over that way going past this nice pair of merganser ducks. As far as I can tell, these ducks eat small fish that are smaller than the hatchery fish.
He hadn’t hooked into anything big, but the hatchery fish were hard to keep off the hook. We shot the bull for awhile then we headed down the river.
I took my boat out and went on home for the day where I had a little nap and that was it for the day for a nice one.