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.