Friday, March 11, 2011


The photo below was taken from the 3rd St. Coastal Access. In the distance is the Morro Bay Marina.

The tide was on its way out when a Tsunami surge entered the bay. The ducks and shorebirds appeared confused as the rushing surge overtook them. There was a whirlwind of noise and flight. The time difference between the two photos is 4 minutes. On a usual day tidal movement is very gradual.

I had to smile when the surge reversed itself and a small flock of Blue-winged Teal were pulled backwards. Within a moment they were speeding in reverse. The birds were in a fright mode, reacting in the same manner as they do when a Peregrine Falcon comes looking for a snack.

Even though the water was shallow, the power of the surge was most evident.

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