Saturday December 27, 2014 Jenner CA.
I put in at Jenner today and paddled across the river to Penny Island where I was sitting and Steve showed up in his kayak from someplace up the river. Right next to us on the island were these two deer feeding along the shoreline. They didn’t seem to mind our presence too much and continued to feed.
What are the sea lions doing in the estuary now?
The muddy water is starting to clear up and the big spawning fish are no longer safe from all the things that want to catch and eat them. As the water clears, the sea lions come in from the ocean and start hunting for the steelhead and salmon that come into the river to spawn. If the water gets muddy again they will leave and come back again when the water starts to clear again. The muddy water is one of the few things that protect the spawning fish from things that want to catch them, including the fishermen.
Headed for the river’s mouth area
While we were there, Kenny showed up in his kayak and we headed down to the river’s mouth area at a very slow pace.
The view out the open river’s mouth into the ocean
I followed Kenny out into the open river’s mouth where we sat and watched for a good while. It’s safe here right now because the tide is coming in, so there is no outgoing of the ocean current that we have to be concerned about.
Pelicans getting their mating plumage
Steve noticed that they can either show off their bright bills or sorta hide the red when it’s not appropriate. These guys are a good example of showing or hiding the red bill. They can show a lot more of that red bill when they want to.
Sea lion gets a big fish
While sitting, we saw a big sea lion swim by with a seal following it. I watched to see who might have a big fish. The sea lion did. I think the sea lion may have stolen the fish from the harbor seal as I don’t usually see harbor seals mixing with the sea lions when they are feeding.
We paddled up the back channel and dropped off Kenny at the end, as he had some project he had to go take care of. Steve and I continued on up to Paddy’s rock, where the sun was starting to go behind the hill there, taking the sun away from us, making it a bit chilly.
We waited for the boat ramp to clear
We headed back to the boat ramp, but we could see there were quite a few people pulling in with their boats, so we headed down to the west end of Penny island to kill some time to let the people get done with things on the ramp.
When we saw the boat ramp clear, we headed in for the day and took our boats out and went on home.
Nice day paddling around in the water, especially for a winter day.