Tidepooling Pillar Point... At Night!

Caught this tide at Pillar Point. Arrived around 3:30ish to hazy, overcast conditions with moderate surf, fairly turbid waters. Low was a -1.5, scheduled for 6pm, about 1 hr after sunset, so things were still fairly high. Not too much happening in the harbor aside from some buffleheads, loons, and scoters out in the harbor, some willets and a plover along the shore. I did, however, meet up with some birders who had a scope on a Long-tailed Duck! The conversation went something like this:

"What are you guys looking at?"

"Well, we think we're looking at a female Long-tailed Duck"

"A Long-tailed Duck?! No shit!"

"Ah, you're a birder!"

Female Long-tailed Duck it was, in winter plumage. New bird for me, very exciting.

The reef was beautiful, as always, and almost bereft of people, which definitely not always the case. The pool of plenty was still pretty deep when I got out there, so I spent some time examining some higher pools as the sun set, finding a cool Giant Rock-scallop, and a few slugs here and there. When the sun was good and gone, though, things really started picking up. Slugs were everywhere! Abundances were higher than I've ever seen them out there, T. maculata everywhere, with D. montereyensis right behind them in numbers. Numerous clown dorids, and some relative rarities, including Limacia and Dirona picta.

All in all a wonderful evening tidepooling. I need to go out at night more often. Had dinner at Barbara's Fish Trap, which was overpriced and kind of mediocre. Still looking for good food in that area...

Publicado por kueda kueda, 06 de diciembre de 2009

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Nudibranquio Payaso (Triopha catalinae)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:37 PM PST

Descripción

One of two pairs of Triopha catalinae I found mating.

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:11 PM PST

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:35 PM PST

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 04:53 PM PST

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 04:24 PM PST

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:20 PM PST

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One of several I found out there. Madness.

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 06:56 PM PST

Descripción

Given the shape of the bit of shell that's showing, maybe a razor clam? Siphon was ~3-4 cm long.

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 06:03 PM PST

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These weird little amphipods were everywhere. Go nightpooling!

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:46 PM PST

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This P. nobilis was "surface crawling," so I shot it from beneath.

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Dórido de Cockerell (Limacia cockerelli)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:45 PM PST

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One of the few I've found intertidally.

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Dórido Sencillo (Cadlina modesta)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:16 PM PST

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First time seeing this one in a while, actually.

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:41 PM PST

Descripción

Very green, much like the last one I found at Pillar.

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009

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Pato Havelda (Clangula hyemalis)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009

Descripción

When I got to the harbor and was just about to cross over to the rocky area beyond the jetty, a met three birders intently watching something out on the water, which is usually good sign. Turns out they were looking at a female Long-tailed Duck! Life bird for me, very cool. No long tail, of course, but it did have a distinctly steep forehead and the hint of the clownish smile extending back from its beak.

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Chorlito Gris (Pluvialis squatarola)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009

Descripción

It was a plover for sure, and probably a black-bellied. Stupid winter plumage.

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Cangrejo de Rocas Rojo (Cancer productus)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 06:12 PM PST

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 05:23 PM PST

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Pretty sure it's a bit too "loose" looking to be Baptodoris.

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Escalopas (Orden Pectinida)

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kueda

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Diciembre 4, 2009 04:21 PM PST

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