A couple of kayakers, a gull, and a large number of Cormorants
All are fish-eaters, dining on small eels, fish, and even water snakes. They dive from the surface, though many species make a characteristic half-jump as they dive, presumably to give themselves a more streamlined entry into the water. Under water they propel themselves with their feet. Some cormorant species have been found, using depth gauges, to dive to depths of as much as 45 metres.
I see at least 3 on the cliffs
After fishing, cormorants go ashore, and are frequently seen holding their wings out in the sun. All cormorants have preen gland secretions that are used ostensibly to keep the feathers waterproof. Some sources state that cormorants have waterproof feathers while others say that they have water permeable feathers. Still others suggests that the outer plumage absorbs water but does not permit it to penetrate the layer of air next to the skin. The wing drying action is seen even in the flightless cormorant but commonly in the Antarctic shags and red-legged cormorants. Alternate functions suggested for the spread-wing posture include that it aids thermoregulation, digestion, balances the bird or indicates presence of fish. A detailed study of the Great Cormorant concludes that it is without doubt to dry the plumage.
Drying his plumage
Cormorants are colonial nesters, using trees, rocky islets, or cliffs. The eggs are a chalky-blue colour. There is usually one brood a year. The young are fed through regurgitation. They typically have deep, ungainly bills, showing a greater resemblance to those of the pelicans', to which they are related, than is obvious in the adults.
A large rock inhabited by 100's of Cormorants
The above U-tube movie is of Chinamen fishing with Cormorants. I ran into some folks at the beach that asked me about the birds. They were amazed at watching them fish. I told them the story of Cormorants fishing for Asian people. They put some sort of ring or snare around the birds throat and tie a string to it. The Cormorant dives deeply coming up with a fish. He can't swallow the fish because of the ring in his throat. That's one fish for the fisherman and so forth.
A rock covered in seals
So, if you are ever at Pismo Beach stop by the bluffs which are a bit north of the State beach. You won't be disappointed. Very few people were there. Bring a picnic lunch. :0)