Not sure where this extra coast guard boat came from but i loved seeing this dual image of the boats at sunrise. The boat on the left is called the Hawksbill but I can not see the name on the one on the right. Sure would love to know though.
I loved these pictures of this Western Grebe. It was busy hunting for food. I loved watching the water drops on his feathers and coming off the beak. They are an elegant bird that comes to feed on small fish here before mating and nesting season. So we get to see them here in Monterey during the winter months before they leave to go inland and mate and nest.
Interesting fact is that they make their nest on floating debris or attached to plants in the water. The western grebe is wonderfully adapted to swimming and diving. But because it's legs are so far back on their bodies that on lad they are very awkward. And because of that do almost everything on the water.
Here it is searching under a kelp leaf for fish. The Clark's Grebe is very similar looking but the black band stops above the eye. I remember the western has a bandit's mask across it's eyes to be able to remember which is which.