Sunday, February 6, 2011

Out of the breakers, Año Nuevo State Reserve

Elephant seal storming the beach - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

A male northern elephant seal coming out of the waves on onto the beach at Año Nuevo State Reserve. This guy took a slow and calculated approach to the beach, as he sized up the resident bull he was going to challenge. I included a video of their encounter on my post for yesterday, so check it out if you haven't already.


  1. Another stunning shot, Pat. It was good to see you guys out in TV last night. I saw another cat after running into you guys but by the time I reached it, it had disappeared into the bushes. Oh well, next time.

  2. Thanks, Tory! That tends to be the mantra of wildlife photography -- maybe next time ;-) My wife is still waiting to see her first wild bobcat, so hopefully we'll spot one soon!