Over the past year I have visited the Farallon Islands three times. Located approximately 30 miles west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge these craggy rocks lie within San Francisco county: it is hard to believe as they are a wild place, the home or resting place to numerous birds and marine mammals.
I spent a couple weeks to a month in each of South East Farallon Island’s (SEFI) three research seasons working part-time as an intern for Point Blue (PRBO) helping to collect a variety of data to add to their long-term data sets. The remainder of my time was devoted to photographing and sketching the wildlife, primarily birds in the fall and spring, in winter much of my focus was on the seals and sea lions. As we head into October, the shorter days combined with the slightly crisper weather, my thoughts have turned to the couple weeks I spent on SEFI during last fall’s migration season.