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Southern California Birding 2013-2, Day 2
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October 13, 2013. Day trip to Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Seashore. For a third time in two months, we boarded a boat into the Pacific Ocean, this time heading for a day of hiking. The channel crossing was every smooth, much smoother than yesterday, and we again saw lots of birds who were now becoming familiar. On the island, we hiked in a Nature Conservancy Area on the north end of Santa Cruz Island. The trail was a bit rough as it climbed over rocky ridges and dropped into narrow canyons, but we had grand views from high bluffs. We were thrilled to see the endemic Island Scrub Jay and the Island Fox, not to mention all the seabirds and marine mammals.

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Checking in early with Island Packers
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Passing time before sailing
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The good ship Island Adventure, our ride for the day
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At sea in the Santa Barbara Channel (note drilling platform)
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Approaching Santa Cruz Island
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Pier at Prisoner's Harbor, Santa Cruz Island
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Arriving ashore
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Entering Santa Cruz Island Preserve, a Nature Conservancy Area
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Hiking north along the east side of the island
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Hiking steeply higher and higher
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Grand view overlooking Prisoner's Harbor
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Descending steep, rocky trail into canyon
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Happy Hiker
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Lunch stop
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Liz and Jim on the shore
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Atop cliff overlooking boat harbor
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Descending cliffs with cable handholds
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Liz at boat launch site
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Liz putting on life-jacket and getting ready
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Wildlife in the tide pools
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Liz casting off
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Departing Santa Cruz Island
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Sunset from shore

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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