The photographer: Bob McCleary of Roseville
Behind the lens: California's Big Sur coastline is an inspiring and beautiful place to take photographs. A yearly bonus along this coastline is the annual arrival of the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Beach. This particular year I spent several days at the beach photographing the elephant seals. The weather is usually overcast and can be windy. As you approach the beach you will notice the seal rookery, which is a very noisy place during the breeding season as the males bellow threat vocalizations, pups squawk to be fed, and females squabble with each other over prime location and pups. Gargles, grunts, snorts, belches, bleats, whimpers, squeaks, squeals and male trumpeting combine to create the elephant seal symphony of sound.
Many photographic opportunities abound with hundreds of seals to observe and to be able to photograph the interaction between mothers, babies and the bulls. Take a long telephoto lens and enjoy.
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