I found the most beautiful Brown Pelican yesterday. It was posing patiently in front of the Chit Chat Cafe at the base of the Pacifica Pier. I’d gone there to scope out the storm damage. Sure enough, a chuck of the sidewalk was missing. The waves blasted rock through the sea wall and sucked out the material under the sidewalk, which promptly collapsed. Our public works group was jolly on the spot.
I posted the Pelican on Facebook and got a comment that this bird was famous. It had it’s own web site. It’s a rehabilitated bird banded K-15. I reported it this morning. Hope to see it again. Such a stunning sight.
If you see K-15 or any blue-banded bird please report here.
Today my spirit was buoyed by a large ocean at high tide. The pier was closed as huge surf pounded the coast. Our local KPIX TV camera crew was on hand, and got wet as wave after wave breached the sea wall. They interviewed me with my wet camera in hand. You can see the video here.
About the wet camera. I got a new Lumix camera that has a “Worry-free splash proof / dustproof” body. Guess I’ll find out about the splash. A few year back I lost a Nikon D200 when large surf caught me by surprise and buried me and the camera with one big blast.
Today a man in full rain gear held the sea wall guard rail tight. I caught a shot of one large wave completely cover him up. Then I ran, but not fast enough.
Check it out.