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A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Brandt's cormorant cormorant in flight, Phalacrocorax penicillatus, La Jolla, California Royal tern in flight, winter adult phase, Sterna maxima, La Jolla, California
A brown pelican preening, reaching with its beak to the uropygial gland (preen gland) near the base of its tail. Preen oil from the uropygial gland is spread by the pelican's beak and back of its head to all other feathers on the pelican, helping to keep them water resistant and dry.
Image ID: 30289  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brandt's cormorant cormorant in flight.
Image ID: 30306  
Species: Brandt's cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Royal tern in flight, winter adult phase.
Image ID: 30307  
Species: Royal tern, Sterna maxima
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Willet, Catoptrophurus semipalmatus, La Jolla, California Unidentified sea bird, Actitis macularius, La Jolla, California California Brown Pelican flying over a breaking wave, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Willet.
Image ID: 30308  
Species: Willet, Catoptrophurus semipalmatus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Unidentified sea bird.
Image ID: 30318  
Species: Spotted sandpiper, Actitis macularius
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
California Brown Pelican flying over a breaking wave.
Image ID: 30364  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Downtown San Diego and USS Midway.  The USS Midway was a US Navy aircraft carrier, launched in 1945 and active through the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, as of 2008 a museum along the downtown waterfront in San Diego San Diego Convention Center, located in the Marina District of downtown San Diego.  Built in 1989, the San Diego Convention Center offers 525,700 square feet of exhibit space.  It is noted for its distinctive "sails" made of Teflon-coated fiberglass suspended over the central exhibition hall, aptly named Sails Pavilion Marriott Hotel towers, rising above the Embarcadero Marine Park and yacht marina, San Diego, California
Downtown San Diego and USS Midway. The USS Midway was a US Navy aircraft carrier, launched in 1945 and active through the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, as of 2008 a museum along the downtown waterfront in San Diego.
Image ID: 22289  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
San Diego Convention Center, located in the Marina District of downtown San Diego. Built in 1989, the San Diego Convention Center offers 525,700 square feet of exhibit space. It is noted for its distinctive "sails" made of Teflon-coated fiberglass suspended over the central exhibition hall, aptly named Sails Pavilion.
Image ID: 22290  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Marriott Hotel towers, rising above the Embarcadero Marine Park and yacht marina.
Image ID: 22291  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach.  Mission Bay and downtown San Diego are seen in the distance New Point Loma Lighthouse, situated on the tip of Point Loma Peninsula, marks the entrance to San Diego Bay.  The lighthouse rises 70' and was built in 1891 to replace the "old"  Point Loma Lighthouse which was often shrouded in fog Downtown San Diego and Petco Park, viewed from the southeast This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Crystal Pier, 872 feet long and built in 1925, extends out into the Pacific Ocean from the town of Pacific Beach. Mission Bay and downtown San Diego are seen in the distance.
Image ID: 22294  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
New Point Loma Lighthouse, situated on the tip of Point Loma Peninsula, marks the entrance to San Diego Bay. The lighthouse rises 70' and was built in 1891 to replace the "old" Point Loma Lighthouse which was often shrouded in fog.
Image ID: 22295  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Downtown San Diego and Petco Park, viewed from the southeast.
Image ID: 22300  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Double-crested cormorant drys its wings in the sun following a morning of foraging in the ocean, La Jolla cliffs, near San Diego, Phalacrocorax auritus Brown pelican head throw.  During a bill throw, the pelican arches its neck back, lifting its large bill upward and stretching its throat pouch, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California Blue whale.  The entire body of a huge blue whale is seen in this image, illustrating its hydronamic and efficient shape, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California
Double-crested cormorant drys its wings in the sun following a morning of foraging in the ocean, La Jolla cliffs, near San Diego.
Image ID: 26529  
Species: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican head throw. During a bill throw, the pelican arches its neck back, lifting its large bill upward and stretching its throat pouch.
Image ID: 20257  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Blue whale. The entire body of a huge blue whale is seen in this image, illustrating its hydronamic and efficient shape.
Image ID: 21251  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Blue whale.  The entire body of a huge blue whale is seen in this image, illustrating its hydronamic and efficient shape, Balaenoptera musculus, La Jolla, California Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter plumage with distinctive yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla, California San Diego City Skyline at Sunrise This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Blue whale. The entire body of a huge blue whale is seen in this image, illustrating its hydronamic and efficient shape.
Image ID: 21252  
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Brown pelican portrait, displaying winter plumage with distinctive yellow head feathers and red gular throat pouch.
Image ID: 28332  
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
San Diego City Skyline at Sunrise.
Image ID: 28379  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Star Trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline.  In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all. Pacific white sided dolphin carrying drift kelp, Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, San Diego, California A Pacific harbor seal hauls out on a rock.  This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy.  While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi, La Jolla, California
Star Trails over the San Diego Downtown City Skyline. In this 60 minute exposure, stars create trails through the night sky over downtown San Diego.
Image ID: 28383  
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Pacific white sided dolphin carrying drift kelp.
Image ID: 00043  
Species: Pacific white-sided dolphin, Lagenorhynchus obliquidens
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
A Pacific harbor seal hauls out on a rock. This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy. While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach.
Image ID: 00940  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Blue shark searching drift kelp for food, open ocean, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Pacific harbor seal swims in the protected waters of Childrens Pool in La Jolla, California.  This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy.  While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach, Phoca vitulina richardsi Ocean sunfish and freediving photographer, open ocean, Mola mola, San Diego, California
Blue shark searching drift kelp for food, open ocean.
Image ID: 02288  
Species: Blue shark, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Pacific harbor seal swims in the protected waters of Childrens Pool in La Jolla, California. This group of harbor seals, which has formed a breeding colony at a small but popular beach near San Diego, is at the center of considerable controversy. While harbor seals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other legislation, local interests would like to see the seals leave so that people can resume using the beach.
Image ID: 03018  
Species: Pacific harbor seal, Phoca vitulina richardsi
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Ocean sunfish and freediving photographer, open ocean.
Image ID: 03325  
Species: Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Ocean sunfish schooling, open ocean near San Diego, Mola mola North Pacific Yellowtail brushing against blue shark, Seriola lalandi, Prionace glauca, San Diego, California Blue shark and  offshore drift kelp, Prionace glauca, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Diego, California
Ocean sunfish schooling, open ocean near San Diego.
Image ID: 03562  
Species: Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
North Pacific Yellowtail brushing against blue shark.
Image ID: 01000  
Species: North Pacific Yellowtail, Seriola lalandi, Prionace glauca
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Blue shark and offshore drift kelp.
Image ID: 01078  
Species: Blue shark, Prionace glauca, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Blue shark underneath drift kelp, open ocean, Prionace glauca, Macrocystis pyrifera, San Diego, California Quarter Moon over Broken Hill, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.
Blue shark underneath drift kelp, open ocean.
Image ID: 01081  
Species: Blue shark, Prionace glauca, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: San Diego, California, USA
 
Quarter Moon over Broken Hill, Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Image ID: 28366  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
Sunset over Flat Rock on Torrey Pines State Beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Sunset over Flat Rock on Torrey Pines State Beach.
Image ID: 29105  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
Pano dimensions: 3831 x 12302
 


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Actitis macularius
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