I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to put this into words today but I’ll try. It was one of those days that I wished I had hours to spend taking photos. However, our workamping duties took me away from the ocean, for most of the day, to do some training. By the way, to get the full effect, click on the photo to enlarge it.
The skies cleared and it turned cold overnight. A sneak down to take a peak at the ocean, before the sun hit the beach, revealed a frothy sea.
Another High Surf warning today but the winds died down last evening when the front finally passed over. High tide, in a couple hours, will be 8.8. The high surf will make this foam fly up into the campground. Look at what yesterday’s high seas brought me!
The Pacific keeps dropping bigger and bigger things on our doorstep. If the campers can maneuver the boulders to get to the beach, they can get around that root ball. So I guess I don’t have to try to move it. I stepped out onto a boulder to gaze for a while. I saw a guy sitting higher up on the rocks. We were far enough away that we knew we couldn’t hear each other over the roar of the waves. So we didn’t try to speak. I just hoped he knew the tide was coming in and he’d get wet if he didn’t move within the hour. I saw a big wave coming and thought, briefly, about moving back. I was pretty confident that I wouldn’t get wet where I was; and I didn’t. It sure was spooky watching the water wash around the rocks under my feet though. As soon as the water receded I stepped back onto the stairway.
He looks like he’s taking a bubble bath. Cute nickname, huh? It’s from the white stripe on his head.
He’s starting to lunge forward to dive. He was all alone this morning. I didn’t see any other wildlife but I only had a few minutes to watch. My camera did a pretty good job at stopping that wave though, huh?
Since we were headed south, to Sutton and Alder Dune for some training, I dodged onto Yachats Ocean Drive to checkout the spout. Sometimes, when the tide is high, it doesn’t spout very well. It did today though. So I got a shot of it, with Yachats in the background, with my shadow in the foreground. 🙂
The best place to watch the water birds, on the Central Oregon Coast, is from the South Jetty in Newport. The Wine & Seafood Festival is this weekend but the jetty wasn’t where the crowds were yesterday. Again, we drove through Burger King and took our lunch to the jetty.
I’m pretty sure this is a male Bufflehead. Buffleheads weigh about 13 oz. They have the distinctive markings of white on the back of the head and a white body with black wings.
Here is a Surf Scoter couple. These birds weight about 2 pounds so they are over twice the size of the buffleheads. Suf Scoters are mostly black. The male has a white patch on the back of the head. They both have a hump on their bill and the male’s bill has a pretty orange pattern on it.
I think these are a couple young Loons. They are smaller than the adult Loon and the parent kept a pretty good eye on them.
The Pacific Loon weighs about 3.7 pounds. You can see the size difference from the Bufflehead in the picture.
Loon and Bufflehead
This is not a bird. He just wanted his picture taken in front of the boat.