The Channel Islands provide essential nesting and feeding grounds for 99 percent of southern California's seabirds. Twelve species of seabirds depend on the islands' isolation, food sources, and undisturbed nesting grounds safe from predators. The Islands are home to the only major breeding population of California Brown Pelicans in the U.S. The Islands also have the largest colonies of Cassin's auklet, western gulls, Scripps's murrelets, rhinoceros auklets, tufted puffins, ashy storm-petrels, double-crested cormorants, pigeon guillemots, and black storm-petrels.
This view is from the Island Packers tour boat cruising along the east side of Anacapa Island.
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alvaraalto (5919) 2014-08-16 8:35
This beautiful picture full of seagulls give me some good memories. A month ago I visited the Pacific Ocean side of the US for the first time and found out that the lovely sand strands are just like here, but that the dunes are replaced with rocks.
siudzi (32649) 2014-08-16 23:21
This must be a beautiful place! I really like how you decided to capture and presented the birds and that fantastic landscape. Amazing and attractive shot. TFS!
lousat (72855) 2014-08-17 1:34
Hi Ray,a spectacular capture of this rock island,a great paradise of the nature as i can see,with a lot of in flight birds,you caught the moment in the best way,great timing and perfect detail everywhere despite the fast mouvement.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (21448) 2014-08-17 6:13
Hitchcock would be proud of this shot, all the low flying birds look great as they skim across the surface of the deep blue water. Their homeland in the background is a great way to con the scene. The birds giving great depth to the view and a fine sense of movement.