Sunday: Although my morning trek out to Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Bay yielded humpback whale sightings far in the distance, the behemoth mammals eluded my camera.
Monday: After work, my drive back to the Harford Pier yielded no sea monsters whatsoever except for the bewildering feeding frenzy of hundreds of prehistoric-like pelicans.
Tuesday: My late afternoon at the pier brought a bright blue sky full of gossamer clouds. I walked around, snapping photos of the birds and seals until I grew tired and hungry. It was time to call it a day. No whales in sight. As I walked back to my car I heard a young boy yell, "There it is!" I turned and glimpsed the massive black beast gracefully slide back down into the water in the deep harbor.
My growling stomach quickly went unnoticed and my feet immediately turned around and started walking towards the far end of the pier. The crowd quickly gathered but I managed to inch my way to a prime viewing spot. A few minutes earlier and I would have missed this grand spectacle. So glad I stayed.
|Graceful silhouettes of pelicans fell from the sky on this beautiful summer day.|
|There he is!|
Here are a few brief video clips of today's fortuitous sighting.
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