Anacapa Field Trip, May 30 2009

Field Trips

Sea Gulls to the left, right, straight ahead and behind. It seemed like a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds”.

In case you haven’t seen it, it is a movie where the gulls and other birds mass and attack people and buildings. It resonates with me especially since Chris and I were married in the Church at Bodega and lived in Bodega Bay (where “The Birds” was filmed) for two years. But no, I was only on Anacapa Island and the gulls didn’t draw blood. They did let you know when they thought you were invading their territory by making noise and strafing attacks.


Twelve of us made the trip over to Anacapa Island, a part of Channel Islands National Park, on the Island Packers boat. We set off at 9:30AM from Oxnard for the island and made it about one hour later. The sky was overcast and it was a little cool, and the trip over was uneventful. We paused for the group photo and made our separate ways around the island’s trails.

The island was replete with Western Gulls and their newly hatched chicks. The new parents were territorial which accounts for the strafing runs on humans. There were also old and ruined buildings, a lighthouse and beach views. Time to depart came and we all headed back to the boat. The group had dinner in Ventura and then back to the AV.

What is surprising to me about field trips, is that you have a mental picture of the kinds of photos you thing you will get and then the photos you like the most turn out to be something entirely different.

I thought a new twist on the mother gull and chick or the scenic view from inspiration point would be the best shot.

What I liked best when I got back and looked at the pictures was the line up of gulls on a building roof and the gulls during the strafing runs. You may think you have a good idea of what the field trip will bring, but there will be surprises if you approach it with an open mind.


More member photos here:

Anita Kratofil

Diana Edgel


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