Well, this time we got it right, escaping Edmonton the day before the arrival of extreme -29ºC cold for our third wisit to Los Cabos.

Panoramic view of Diamond Resort in San Jose del Cabo where we stayed.

One of the highlights of this trip was witnessing the following acrobatic performance in the ocean just off from our beach. It was all so fast we had to scan the waves continuously - blink and we'd miss it. There was an encore every evening before sunset.

We were watching the waves in front of our resort when we saw what we thought were the fins of 4 baby sharks. Photo taken from 150 metres with a 400mm lens at 6:15pm.

When I enlarged the photo ( a bit grainy though), I could see the pectoral fins of 2 manta rays, known as Devil Rays in Los Cabos.

It took a lot of patience and luck to capture this sequence. You have to be there to witness the sheer beauty of the manta ray's dance just as the sun sets.

The Amazing Flying Mantas of the Sea of Cortez. Sightings are sporadic at this time of the year. Come May, hundreds of the mobula rays congregate in the Sea of Cortes every year. In one of the most spectacular wildlife performances on Earth, they can be seen leaping from the water, sometimes three or four at a time and reaching a height of nine feet or more above the water, before returning to earth with a loud splash. We were really fortunate to this ritual.

The whale watch was not quite as dramatic as the one we experienced three years ago when we saw the spectacular humpback breaches shown below. However, we did see a number of humpbacks showing off as well as several killer whales quietly traversing the waters. We were compensated with visual treats – pelicans, an osprey, frigates, cormorants, sea lions, dolphins, herons, egrets and a brown booby which is rarely seen in Cabo San Lucas.

Top to bottom: frigates, pelicans, sea gull, cormorants, sea lions
Brown pelican basking in the bright sun
Osprey having sashimi
The Brown Booby is the only ground-nesting booby that regularly builds a substantial nest. We like his hoodie. Plunge-dives from various heights up to 15 m. Folds wings next to body at beginning of dive, then thrusts wings straight out over back, touching in the middle, just before breaking the surface. Brown Booby populations are declining.

One of the delights of this trip is our good fortune to see many herons - blue, grey, green and tricolored ones. The third photo includes a common gallinule with its signature brilliant red shield over the bill. Followed by the green heron and the tricolored heron.

Snowy egret with large catch

What we saw three years ago.

Even though we did not see the whales breach, we had the opportunity to observe their tails, each as individual as our finger prints. Note the huge blowholes below.

The strong sunlight makes for very dramatic photos. Here are a few favourites.

We loved the long shadows casted by the evening sun, making us like stilt-walkers. Bottom photo illustrates a typical sunset in San Jose del Cabo.
My favourite Photo: Brown pelican eyeing the osprey perched on the top of the rock.

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