Peaking Peak

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By John Wiley

We had the good luck to take a flight before the next string of storms rolls in. Broadcast Peak was peaking through the clouds to watch us passing. Near the airport is this cliff with lots of little caves - is it on private land? A long zoom pic to one of the Vandenberg launchpads revealed the "audience" of little radar domes waiting for another show. 

Any dates yet? The end of Zaca Lake seems to be getting a beach wall and maybe a new building. Anyone know what it will be? Idling on Oceano's park estuary were these white pelicans. Do they hang out in SB too?

 
 
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John Wiley Jan 12, 2019 02:17 AM
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So, anyone know more about the Zaca construction?

macpuzl Jan 11, 2019 02:45 PM
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The white pelicans sometimes hang out at Cachuma Lake.

macpuzl Jan 11, 2019 02:44 PM
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I think you mean peeking peak?

John Wiley Jan 12, 2019 02:14 AM
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Good point Drew, guess I was also peaking after such a delicious flight. |)

John Wiley Jan 12, 2019 02:13 AM
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Good catch Mac, you're totally right I meant peeking. Funny how what we think can sometimes be so completely different from what our fingers type, eh? :)

oceandrew Jan 11, 2019 03:47 PM
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Unless it's under the influence or dropped some gnarly stuff and is reaching that point known as "peaking".

John Wiley Jan 11, 2019 01:14 PM
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Cliff? Zaca? Pelicans? Anyone know more on those topics? Do you recall seeing white pelicans in SB, because we don't and are wondering if our brown pelicans keep them away or they just prefer the Oceano nesting area.

tagdes Jan 12, 2019 02:35 PM
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Those are just the eBird hot spots which also include the UCSB North Campus Open Space aka NCOS and Lake Los Carneros or LLC seen at all just in the last 2 weeks. Only seeing 1 or 2 at a time and the Goleta ones tend to move around.

John Wiley Jan 12, 2019 02:21 AM
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Thanks Tag, we were wondering if we'd seen white pelis but forgot. They so stood out to us at Oceano, it was difficult to believe we'd seen them here but didn't recall. The wiki sez the browns hang out in trees, so it makes sense we see them on the Moby roof at Stearn's and the whites are more drawn to Oceano's nesting sites. Still, it's odd we've never seen them at the sites you listed. Guess we need to spend more time there. :)

tagdes Jan 11, 2019 03:34 PM
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American White Pelicans are uncommon in SB Co. but have been seen at Oceano and Cachuma Lake fairly regularly for at least the last 15 years. Along our coast they started showing to some degree in 2014, a couple prior in 2012 and several sightings in the last couple of years. They don't interact with our Browns and are here for one thing...fish. The supply at Cachuma is not enough to sustain all of them. Here they're being seen from the Bird Refuge to Goleta Beach, UCSB Lagoon and Devereux.

John Wiley Jan 11, 2019 01:05 PM
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Well, in answer to my question about VAFB launches I just saw a news report that SpaceX did a launch and landing there TODAY! Did any Edhatters go to watch and maybe get pix? space.com/42971-spacex-iridium8-rocket-launch-landing-webcast.html

John Wiley Jan 11, 2019 01:09 PM
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Ha! In answer to that question, I see that Ed had already posted pix. Go Edhat! :)

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