Weather forecasts predict rainy weather soon. I was hoping to get one more estuarine outing in January.
Lyrinda emailed me to suggest a Richardson Bay outing on today’s midday high tide and in light northeast winds. I had not visited Richardson Bay since my trip with nephew John back in August, 2016.
Soon after starting we passed a snoozing Pelican.
Many animals rest near the yachts and houseboats along Sausalito’s shore. They are accustomed to human spectators and learn to tolerate curiosity and cameras.
Many harbor seals haul out on docks and logs and rafts.
North of here, where I usually paddle, hunting is common. Birds won’t let a paddler get within 200 feet.
Here, near the marinas, it’s a different story. This Western Grebe didn’t seem alarmed even though it was within about 30 feet of the camera.
Cormorants were abundant.
Eight or more Great Blue Herons stood watch under the Highway 101 bridge that crosses over Richardson Bay. The last of the flooding current carried us slowly toward them. Paddles resting across cockpits, cameras busy, we floated by, very near them.
We paddled toward Mill Valley to E. Blithedale Ave. In the marshes of Bayfront Park we saw many shorebirds.
Least Sandpipers (I think.)
And many other birds as well—Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Canada Geese, and others.
On the way back we picked our way among the many houseboats of Waldo Point. We paddled for three hours and covered a little more than nine miles.
If you need to escape the dizzying dismay of your daily newsfeed—as I do—I recommend getting outside in nature and looking into the eyes of wild things.
A map of our journey: