We had a gorgeous week weather wise last week, right up through Saturday, and then a front decides to show up for our trip on Sunday. I went on both the morning trip, where we got some sun, and the afternoon trip, where we got lot's of rain. You can easily see the difference. Have to do this again next month, for the elusive Spy-Hop, Breach and hopefully a Humpback or two. This was also my first sojourn with the 200-400 AFS-VR, what a sweet lens, wish it were mine. Here are a few of mine, the rest can be seen here: http://deweydrive.com/gallery/album69 A Whale????? Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) OK, so it isn't a whale, but it was hand-held with the Nikon 200-400 f4 AFS-VR on a moving boat. And is indicative of the nice sun break we got on the morning trip. Fluking Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) I think we all got good shots of this whale fluking. This whale had been "kelping", traveling through the kelp, possibly feeding, and had picked up this piece of kelp along the way. It must have been caught pretty good, as we saw the whale travel quite a distance. Gray Whale Fluking Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) This whale has been hanging around not far from the Marina since Father's Day. We must have watched it 6 or 8 times as it circled, blew, and then dove for food. The birds hang around for "leftovers". I'll be adding full sequences of the birds "running away" to the web page. Cassin's Aucklet Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) As we were waiting for folks to board for the PM trip, this little guy came floating by. They are not uncommon in the open ocean up here, but it is quite uncommon to see them in a marina. Cute little bugger, eh? Strange sea-life Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Two jet-skiers were near the channel exit past the Marina and had fun jumping the boats wake. Look at the ISO, I was shooting Auto-ISO, and you can see how the light had changed. Young Orca rolling Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Often when the Orca's are born they show signs of jaundice, giving the white patches a yellow/orange cast. This young whale still exhibits some of this. This is about the best I saw that was close in the way of a whale coming out of the water. We saw some breaches, but they were a long way away. Bow Wave Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) Pushing lots of water.