|A seagull takes a break, while eating the famous San Francis sourdough.|
Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. It is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, early military fortifications, and a seabird colony (mostly Western Gulls). Today the island's facilities are managed by the National Park Service. As far as I can tell, due to the recent budget cuts, the island seems to be guarded mainly by the seagulls!
By the way, the seagull population is skyrocketing and the birds are taking over San Francisco. Don't feed the gulls and pigeons!