The rains have added enough water to the Estero Americano to swell the channel near its banks.
Being able to see over the banks of the channel allows for a much more pleasant trip away from the parking lot through the dairy pasturelands.
I saw a number of birds and otters on the way out, but I couldn’t approach them as closely as usual. The wild animals scattered before they came within the reach of my camera.
I did manage to get this photo a couple of dogs who were out on an unsupervised romp through the Estero.
Squeaky neoprene cold-weather gloves were the reason why wildlife was so elusive. They squawked with each paddle stroke.
Once I took them off I was able to do get better photos. Here’s a Great Blue Heron.
All the usual residents were in attendance and accounted for today, among them: Cormorants, Buffleheads, Coots, River Otters, Barn Owls, Vultures,Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, smaller hawks I could not identify and, in the surf near the beach, California Sea Lions.
A map of the outing: