January 16, 2009 - Salton Sea

January 16th we drove over to Indio and picked up Gregg and Rosalie.  We had lunch at the Augustine Casino.

Then we drove down to the Salton Sea.  We had not stopped at the Sea before.  It is known for the birding.

Both brown and white pelicans together:

It really is a sea, 25% more saline than the ocean.

Gulls flying.

Other birds flying or swimming.

Shell pieces and feathers for "sand".

This white pelican is moving fast enough to have a wake:

A great egret.

None of us had bothered to check directions to "The Slabs" so we will see them another day. 

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