I had no idea how long it might stay or if I would spook it so, I set my coffee down on the side of the road and began shooting.
As it turned out, he was in no hurry to go anywhere. It stayed all day and lounged on the rock, often dosing off. He was not at all bothered by the on-lookers. I wondered why I was the only one agog over this great creature. I later learned that this particular seal has been basking on this rock off and on all summer. I was surprised that he wasn't named yet.
An October Empidonax at Cape Race, Newfoundland
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