Friday March 17, 2017 Jenner CA.
Some visiting and some paddling
I got a late start today. Around one, I drove on down to Ray’s house and shot the bull with him and his wife for about an hour, then continued on to Jenner to kayak for the day.
The wind was down and the sun was out so it looked like it was going to be a nice day as I put my boat in the water and paddled across to Penny Island and decided to head down to the mouth area as it was going on high tide.
But before I got the the island someone back at the boat ramp hollered Bob which looked like John Sundberg, so I paddled back over and we shot the bull for an hour or so.
I left John and crossed over to the island.
Spied an eagle
I saw a big bird eating something down on the bottom end of the island which turned out to be a bald headed eagle. It was eating a small fish I think. Some kayakers got too close and the eagle jumped into the air with it’s catch and flew off.
Lots of cormorants at the mouth
I worked my way out into the river’s open mouth and looked out into the Pacific ocean. There were quite a few cormorants fishing in the water. It was high tide so there wasn’t much current going out into the Pacific ocean.
Cormorants were catching fish
Why they call them Double Crested Cormorants
While I watched one eat it’s catch I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before. I always wondered why they called these cormorants double crested cormorants and today I found out why.
See this cormorant has double crests on it’s head. I think it must be in mating season as they don’t usually look like this one. This cormorant is facing away and you can see the two crests coming off it’s head one to each side.
Headed back up the river
I continued paddling up the river about a mile taking my time and enjoying the day stopping here and there along the way.
A little walk at Eagle’s Landing
And my camera died on me
I landed and walked down the trail to check it out. A big mud slide had come down and somewhat blocked the trail, but not too bad. I was taking some pictures of the slide area when my camera died and gave me an error code, so no pics.
But I got it going again
When I got back to my boat I played with the camera a little trying this and that and removed the battery and put it a back and it turned on with a different error code that eventually went away. The camera has been showing signs of being dropped one too many times so I had ordered a new one to replace this one about a week ago and it was supposed to be delivered today.
I think the error code was a bad battery connection as after I reset the battery it started to work again and no error codes, but it’s still has had problems auto focusing taking a long time and green lines in the sky.
Heard the wild turkeys
Anyway, I crossed over the river to go down the other side to check out any birds or critters that might be over on that side. I heard the turkeys down that way earlier and I hadn’t seen them this spring yet.
Didn’t stay around for the sunset
It was about an hour before sunset as I headed in. I decided not to wait around for the sunset although I could see by all the nice clouds in the sky it would likely be a real nice sunset, but this will have to do.
My new camera arrived as promised
I headed on in to the boat ramp and went on home for the day. My new camera was waiting inside a box just inside my gate, so I’m set. The new camera is an upgrade of the one I had and has 20x on the lens instead of 10x like the old one, so that will help. Getting a new video camera is sorta like it used to be getting a new computer as the video cameras are still improving. I feel it’s better to put money into a new one instead of putting it into fixing an old one as the upgrades are worth it. It’s a Sony Handycam FDR AX53.