Friday December 22, 2017 Jenner CA.
I never know when I’ll run into the river otters
It was cool out today, so as I got it going I put on an extra shirt. I drove on down to Jenner and put the boat in the water.
Every day is different down here, so what will today bring?
River’s surface turned to glass
But as I took my time paddling along the south shoreline, the breeze died down and the river’s surface was glass. I like this condition because anything that moves in the water makes a wake and can be more easily seen, even big fish under water a couple feet make a wake.
Birds getting use to me
No not ducks
River otters feeding
They were fishing away and not minding me being close much. I tried to stay back about fifty feet, but a lot of times I drifted much closer. When I drift I have no control as I don’t want to move and scare what I’m looking at. These guys didn’t budge until my boat got about five feet from them. But they just scooted off and started diving and feeding again.
I followed them for about a half hour as the fed along in front of me. They finally went to shore for a nap about here so I moved up the river a bit for a break and to see if they’d return or not. They just fed well so they were full and a nap was in order.
Paddling down the middle
Eventually I started back down the river going pretty much down the middle.
I went by some more grebe. This one had it’s hind feathers up and seemed to be having some kind of hormonal problem. It was doing a lot of antics as I watched. The other birds didn’t seem to be interested.
I was headed down the river through Penny Islands back channel. I spotted several deer just below Candee’s Place.
No more glass as I headed to the mouth area
The water was so flat I thought I might as well head on down to the mouth, but the breeze came up just a little and the glass went off the water as I neared the mouth area.
I pulled into this spot just inside the open river’s mouth and sat for a bit watching things. I could hear the bark of a sea lion which usually means there are some big fish around. The birds were making lots of noises and the ocean waves were pounding the shoreline.
Lots of harbor seals
Cool breeze off the ocean
The slight breeze was cool, about fifty degrees F. and I was getting cold even with the extra shirt so I headed on in for the day.
I loaded my boat on the car and drove on home.
And that was my day for a nice one.