Friday December 28, 2018 Jenner CA.
Another nice day
I thought I’d go on down to Jenner to kayak for the day as it looked like the wind was going to be down.
I drove on down and put my boat in the water and parked the car.
Which way to go up or down river. I wasn’t sure so I paddled across the river to Penny Island and looked down river towards the mouth area.
Going up today only about a mile
I slowly worked my way up the river taking my time and enjoying the nice day.
Big fish feed many things
Harbor seals are on the hunt
All of a sudden
I continued slowly up along the side of the river and all of a sudden the water around me started to thrash and big waves rose up. Wakes from large critters on the hunt for big fish all around my boat.
I knew what that meant. Either some harbor seals or some sea lions were on the hunt for big fish most likely steelhead as it’s getting that time of year for them to come into the river to spawn. I watched as the waves went around my boat then took off across the river.
Steelhead I think
Came back to give me a show
I started to paddle over in that direction but shortly they moved and came back a bit closer.
Those guys know whose got the fish as they are all looking in the direction of the fish as they’d like some too.
Photo’s aren’t so easy
Now getting photos of seals eating big fish isn’t so easy as they mostly eat under water but have to come up for air, but where? I point my camera in the direction I think a seal with a fish might pop up and wait. They pop up quick and are gone again before I can get my camera on them.
Lots of splashes
Good thing photos are digital
I take a photo just in case as to get this action that happens so fast the camera button has to be pushed just a moment before any action as they are up and then gone. Waiting to push the button once you see some action just doesn’t work most of the time. Most of the time only splashes are seen and not the critter or the fish so you wait.
They moved closer to me
Eventually one of the seals moved right in front of me. It appeared it was using me to keep the other seals away a bit so it could eat the fish. The fish are too big for them to swallow whole but they do try.
That was exciting while it lasted about a half hour or so.
Steelhead are running
All this means is the steelhead are coming into the river right now so the fishermen will be happy and all the critters that eat them too.
I worked my way back down the river and was headed on in for the day but was thinking I might paddle down to the mouth area so I started down along the edge of Penny Island going by this great white egret fishing away for some kind of tiny fish as I saw it catch some.
Home for the day
About that time I changed my mind and turned and headed in to the boat ramp at Jenner and got the boat back on the car and went on home for the day.
Steel roofing up
Once home instead of a nap I had a cup of coffee and then went outside to work on the chicken pen roof a bit. I was able to get one more steel sheet up and am thinking of adding one more. I’m running out of old steel roofing so I can’t do too much more roofing on the chicken stuff.
But I’d like to get enough of it up to prevent most of the mud that forms in the pens when it rains as it gets all over my shoes and is hard to get off and gets tracked into the house so I’m working on it, just one more piece to put up.
Once I had the chickens penned up for the night I went in for the day and that was my day for a good one.