2010
Animalblog by Terry Costales

The daily animal world as seen by Terry Costales from Moss Landing, California through Lake Anza, Berkeley, California.
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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(1 of 189) (41196 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 23 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:19:27 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Pelicans roosting near the Anacapa lighthouse.


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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
(2 of 189) (41339 views)

Jungle Expeditions Hotel, Marañon River, Peru
(Photo posted Saturday 2 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:57:32 Thursday 9 April, 2009)
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This is a photo of what appears to be a male Monarch butterfly. Male because it has two extra dots on its back wings that produce pheromones. Another obscure fact I learned from Wikipedia. external link


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Capped Heron
(3 of 189) (41847 views)

Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Sunday 3 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:06:45 Sunday 5 April, 2009)
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A typical view of the jungle's edge as seen from the boat as we motored past.


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David Graves
(4 of 189) (41510 views)

Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Monday 4 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:26:51 Sunday 5 April, 2009)
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My dashing brother manned the wheel of the Tourmalina. internal link However, he is a man of many talents and helped out in other ways as well. internal link


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Yellow-hooded Blackbird (Chrysomus icterocephalus)
(5 of 189) (41380 views)

Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Tuesday 5 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 02:04:46 Monday 6 April, 2009)
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A flock of yellow-hooded blackbirds took off as our skiff came too near. external link The birds in the photo that are deep black were the males and the brown ones were the females.


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Yellow-hooded Blackbird (Chrysomus icterocephalus)
(6 of 189) (41781 views)

Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Wednesday 6 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:29:48 Monday 6 April, 2009)
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This is a female yellow-hooded blackbird. Her body is brown, whereas the male would be glossy black. external link


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Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima)
(7 of 189) (42178 views)

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Amazon River, Peru
(Photo posted Thursday 7 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:08:36 Monday 6 April, 2009)
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This is a juvenile Yellow-headed Caracara. external link Like most juvenile birds it has lots of streaking to give it more camouflage than the adult. internal link


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Anna's Hummingbird
(8 of 189) (41465 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Thursday 14 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:08:08 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A male Anna's hummingbird perches on Neptunes' trident. I was surprised to see a hummingbird stay still for so long. external link


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Anna's Hummingbird
(9 of 189) (42189 views)

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Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Friday 15 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:14:52 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A close-up of the hummingbird I posted yesterday. internal link


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Song Sparrow
(10 of 189) (41749 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Saturday 16 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:17:14 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A song sparrow foraging in the wetlands. A tiny, delicate, feathered, everyday miracle. internal link


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Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
(11 of 189) (41602 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Sunday 17 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:17:14 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A scrub jay in a tree on a cold overcast day in November. external link


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Sparrow
(12 of 189) (41294 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Monday 18 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:54:32 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A sparrow on a bare November day.


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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
(13 of 189) (41800 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 19 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:39:26 Saturday 8 November, 2008)
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A vulture external link sits atop the ribcage of a rotting animal carcass on the beach. Offering disgust and fascination in equal measure.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(14 of 189) (43752 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 20 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:23:01 Sunday 9 November, 2008)
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Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun. external link


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Great Egret (Ardea alba)
(15 of 189) (43868 views)

Bodega Bay, California
(Photo posted Thursday 21 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:40:22 Sunday 9 November, 2008)
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#Bodega_Bay


A great egret at the edge of the bay looking for food. It is a very graceful bird whether walking or flying. external link internal link


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Swimmer in the Waves
(16 of 189) (41280 views)

Northern California Coast
(Photo posted Friday 22 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:48:35 Sunday 9 November, 2008)
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#The_Waves


A cold November day didn't keep this foolish man out of the water, but it made a nice photo.


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Kite
(17 of 189) (41307 views)

Northern California Coast
(Photo posted Sunday 24 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 01:57:01 Sunday, 9 November, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#20100124_Kite


The human animal attached to this kite is on his board offscreen and hanging on for dear life.


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Riley
(18 of 189) (41412 views)

San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Monday 25 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:24:08 Wednesday 24, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#20100125_Riley


Riley is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. external link A huge name for a wonderful little dog.

The King Charles Spaniel (non-Cavalier) is smaller and has a much flatter or more pug-like face. In the '20s the King Charles was bred back to its original size and look and given the Calvalier addition to its name. external link


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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
(19 of 189) (41366 views)

Palo Alto, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 26 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:43:50 Monday 19 May, 2008)
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#Black_Phoebe


This black phoebe is dark brown and was perched near the Palo Alto duck pond. Phoebes are almost always found near water. external link


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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
(20 of 189) (42880 views)

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Palo Alto, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:04:08 Monday 19 May, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#American_Avocet


A female avocet sits on her eggs. When the tide comes in this nest will barely be above the water. external link


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Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
(21 of 189) (41327 views)

Palo Alto, California
(Photo posted Thursday 28 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:46 Monday 19 May, 2008)
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#Cliff_Swallow


A cliff swallow sits in the opening of its mud nest. Observing me observing him. external link


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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
(22 of 189) (43219 views)

Palo Alto, California
(Photo posted Friday 29 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:53:23 Monday, 19 May, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Night_Heron


An adult night heron in full breeding plumage showing off its pink legs which are yellow the rest of the year. external link


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Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
(23 of 189) (43289 views)

San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Saturday 30 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:31:13 Saturday 7 June, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Spectacled_Bear


The Spectacled Bear is the only bear that comes from South America. I hope this unique and beautiful endangered bear survives. external link


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Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
(24 of 189) (41427 views)

San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Sunday 31 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:26:32 Saturday 7 June, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Ring-tailed_Lemur


Lemurs are one of my favorite mammals. Every house in heaven should have one. external link


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Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
(25 of 189) (41939 views)

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Palo Alto, California
(Photo posted Monday 1 February, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:21:32 Saturday 14 June, 2008)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#20100201_Crow


Looking at this crow's feet you can really see the dinosaur common ancestor. I'm grateful most birds are small as I wouldn't want to try to photograph a crow the size of a T-rex. external link


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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(26 of 189) (45687 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 18 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:58:33 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sea_Otter


For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari external link in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal.

This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. external link

In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few other bird species I got to see, but they were too distant for me to get a good photo of them.


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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(27 of 189) (44736 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 19 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:01:57 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Otter_Groomed


Here is an older otter, recognized by the light colored fur on its face. It is grooming itself after eating. Otters must have one of the cutest faces in the animal kingdom


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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(28 of 189) (44115 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 20 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:58:04 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sea_Otter


This photo shows just part of a very large raft of otters we saw in the Elkhorn Slough. internal link The older individuals had light faces, and such cute faces they were.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(29 of 189) (44086 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 21 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
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#Brown_Pelican


It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. external link

If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(30 of 189) (44114 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 21 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Pelican_Head


This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday, internal link


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(31 of 189) (43855 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 23 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:23:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Harbor_Seal


Harbor seals external link are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. internal link

We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.


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Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
(32 of 189) (41325 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 24 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:54:25 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Brants_Cormorant


Brandt's cormorants were the most numerous of the three species of cormorants seen that day. The slender white plumes on its face and the blue patch on its throat only appear during breeding season. The red color seen in this photo is not part of the cormorant but was from a nearby pelican. external link


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(33 of 189) (44016 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 25 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:16:13 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Harbor_Seal


Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes!

The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear. internal link


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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(34 of 189) (44093 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 26 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:47:58 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#With_Shell


A lone individual popped up out of the water after a dive for food. We suspected he has a clam grasped in his paws. Otters love shellfish. external link


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(35 of 189) (43820 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Saturday 27 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:55:17 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
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#Head_On


Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill. external link


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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(36 of 189) (41375 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 29 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:14:53 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Crested_Cormorant


A handsome Double-crested Cormorant posed on a mossy rock for the photographer. external link


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Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
(37 of 189) (41919 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 31 March, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:25:12 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Cormorant_Surfaced


After a dive this Pelagic Cormorant surfaced much too close to the boat and immediately swam away. This photo captured its startled look. external link


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(38 of 189) (46924 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Friday 2 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:51:04 Friday 2 April, 2010)
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#Lion_Swimming


This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal. external link


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Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
(39 of 189) (41551 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 4 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:04 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#White_Plumes


The white plumes that appear during the breeding season are easily seen in this photo of the Brandt's cormorant.


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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(40 of 189) (41563 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 5 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:11:32 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Double-crested_Cormorants


In this photo you can easily see the differences between the adult and the juvenile cormorant. The glossy black bird with prominent "eyebrows" is an adult in breeding plumage.


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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(41 of 189) (44136 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 13 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:43:46 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Otter_Persuade


This is one otter trying to persuade another otter to share its meal. It wasn't very successful.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(42 of 189) (44076 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 26 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:06 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Seal_Colors


This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors. external link


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(43 of 189) (44554 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 27 April, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:51:22 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Under_Wharf


Sea Lions swam in and out of sunlight and shade beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. external link


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Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(44 of 189) (41606 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 3 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:11:58 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


Having escaped from a collection somewhere this Flamingo showed up in Elkhorn Slough in January. external link It was tagged but no-one has claimed it yet.

I had previously seen this type of Flamingo in zoos but this was the first time "in the wild". internal link


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20100508_Brants_Cormorant_Preening.jpg

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
(45 of 189) (41218 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 8 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:54:42 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Cormorant_Preening


This photo of a Brandt's Cormorant preening shows the decorative white plumes they acquire during the breeding season. external link


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20100509_Harbor_Seal_Whiskers.jpg

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(46 of 189) (44028 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Seal_Whiskers


Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.


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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
(47 of 189) (41359 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 10 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:02:28 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Winter_Look


The Eared Grebe is a very small bird compared to the Western and Clark's Grebes. Only 13 inches long compared to the other bird's 25 inches. I hope to photograph one in breeding plumage someday because that look is quite different from their winter look seen here. external link


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20100511_Sea_Otter_Grooming_Traps_Air.jpg

Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(48 of 189) (44315 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 11 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:04:37 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Traps_Air


Sea Otters appeared to spend a great deal of their time grooming themselves. They use their bodies as tables, so have to keep food scraps washed off. While they clean, they also push and sometimes blow air bubbles into their fur. The extra air trapped in their fur contributes to their buoyancy and increases insulation. external link


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20100512_Lesser_Flamingo_Fed_Up.jpg

Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(49 of 189) (41229 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:07 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Fed_Up


Here is the escaped flamingo of Elkhorn Slough. I realize it's the look of this species of flamingo, but doesn't this guy appear as if he's totally fed up with his job and can't take it anymore? internal link


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20100513_California_Sea_Lion_Family_Portrait.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(50 of 189) (44709 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 13 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:07:08 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Family_Portrait


To our left as we exited the harbor and entered the slough, we saw an old pier covered with sea lions. We slowly motored past them. It was quite satisfying to be at their level and so close to them. I feel like I ended up with a family portrait instead of a wildlife photo. external link


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20100514_Lesser_Flamingo_Still_There.jpg

Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(51 of 189) (41544 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 14 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:23:03 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Still_There


Here is the lesser flamingo which internal link hung out near the cormorants in the Elkhorn Slough. I hope the flamingo is still there and thriving.


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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(52 of 189) (43846 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 15 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#About_Us


The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.


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20100516_Marbled_Godwit_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
(53 of 189) (41397 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 16 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:13:58 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


We saw many of these Marbled Godwits that day on the slough. This one is just about to take flight. external link


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20100517_Sea_Otter_Paparazzi.jpg

Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(54 of 189) (44156 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 17 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:03:19 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Otter_Paparazzi


Here is another otter grooming or maybe he is thinking "oh, not another boatload of paparazzi!"


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20100518_Great_Blue_Herons_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

Great Blue Heron
(55 of 189) (41408 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:33:12 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


Across the slough and in the tops of a grove of distant trees was a colony of nesting Great Blue Herons. Four adult herons and many more nests were visible. external link


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20100519_California_Sea_Lion_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(56 of 189) (44592 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 19 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:39 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


A very large male sea lion with a much smaller female. external link


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20100520_Bumblebee.jpg

Bumblebee
(57 of 189) (41234 views)

Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Thursday 20 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:28:44 Tuesday 18, May 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#20100520_Bumblebee


I have always wanted to photograph a bumblebee external link with flowers and this was my lucky day. My camera and lens together weighed about five pounds and I had been out for a couple of hours before I came across this bee. I followed him for a while and then finally grabbed the opportunity to get this photo.

Nature composed this shot perfectly, I just cropped a little off the right side. The amazing thing to me is that it is in focus!


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20100521_California_Sea_Lion_Male_Close_Up.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(58 of 189) (44888 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 21 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:24 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Close_Up


Close up of a male sea lion. According to Wiki, "Zalophus californianus" means "Californian big-head" because a male grows a crest of bone on top of his head that causes a bulging forehead. external link


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20100521_Great_Blue_Heron_Moss_Landing.jpg

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
(59 of 189) (41259 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 21 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:59:15 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Moss_Landing


After the boat trip on Elkhorn Slough, we stopped by nearby Moss Landing State Beach and saw this marvelous Great Blue Heron. external link

It may have been a member of the breeding colony we saw from the earlier boat trip. internal link


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20100522_Brown_Pelicans_Moss_Landing.jpg

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(60 of 189) (43517 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 22 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:54:28 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Moss_Landing


These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage. external link


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20100522_Brown_Pelicans_Perched_Fishing_Equipment.jpg

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(61 of 189) (43441 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 22 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:49:27 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Fishing_Equipment


A large group of pelicans were perched on the fish processing equipment.


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20100523_California_Sea_Lion_Sleepy.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(62 of 189) (44354 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 23 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:43 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Lion_Sleepy


Portrait of a large male sea lion sleepily surveying his domain.


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20100523_Foster_Terns_On_Sunken_Ship.jpg

Forster Tern
(63 of 189) (41210 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 23 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:26:48 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sunken_Ship


A row of Forster Terns perched on the partial remains of a sunken ship. external link


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20100524_Harbor_Seal_Fur.jpg

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(64 of 189) (43769 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:44 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Seal_Fur


I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.


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20100524_Pregnant_Harbor_Seal.jpg

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(65 of 189) (45252 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 24 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:19:54 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Harbor_Seal


A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.


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20100525_Marbled_Godwit_Displayed_Its_Legs.jpg

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
(66 of 189) (41283 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 25 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:14:25 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Its_Legs


A Marbled Godwit stood on the shore of the slough and displayed its classy black legs. external link


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20100525_Whimbrel_Flying_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
(67 of 189) (41303 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 25 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:21:004 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


This photo of a Whimbrel flying illustrates the unique shape of its bill. external link


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20100526_Sea_Otter_Plate_On_Stomach.jpg

Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(68 of 189) (44122 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 26 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:21:01 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#On_Stomach


The otter balanced his "plate" on his stomach while enjoying that last little morsel.


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20100526_Sea_Otter_With_Large_Shell.jpg

Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)
(69 of 189) (44044 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 26 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:47:58 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Large_Shell


A shell was almost the size of the otter's head, but was no match for its appetite.


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20100527_Great_Blue_Heron_Waded.jpg

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
(70 of 189) (41161 views)

Moss Landing State Beach, California
(Photo posted Thursday 27 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:59:15 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Heron_Waded


A Great Blue Heron waded in shallow water in search of food.


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20100530_Harbor_Seal_Big_Teeth.jpg

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(71 of 189) (44064 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 30 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:18:50 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Big_Teeth


I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!


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20100531_Harbor_Seals_Up_Close.jpg

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
(72 of 189) (44343 views)

Elkhorn Slough Safari, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 31 May, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:52 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Up_Close


I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.


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20100601_Sea_Lion_Expressions.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(73 of 189) (44545 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 1 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:30 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Lion_Expressions


More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.


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20100601_Sea_Lion_King_Of_Mountain.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(74 of 189) (44744 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 1 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:405 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Of_Mountain


King of the mountain and he knows it.


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20100602_Brown_Pelican_On_Fishing_Boat.jpg

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)
(75 of 189) (43412 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 2 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 011:25:24 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Fishing_Boat


Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.


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20100603_Brown_Pelican_And_Snowy_Egret.jpg

Brown Pelican and Snowy Egret
(76 of 189) (41429 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 3 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:49:27 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Snowy_Egret


A Pelican and Snowy Egret perched on the edge of an old vessel. The frayed ropes added a colorful touch.


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20100603_Foster_Tern_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

Forster Tern
(77 of 189) (41247 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Thursday 3 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:27:05 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


It was satisfying to get a close-up of this wonderful diving bird. external link


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20100604_Demure_California_Sea_Lion.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(78 of 189) (45802 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 4 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:05 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sea_Lion


A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.


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20100604_Young_Sleepy_California_Sea_Lion.jpg

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(79 of 189) (44172 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Friday 4 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:06:05 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sea_Lion


A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.


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20100606_Foster_Terns_On_Ship_Ribs.jpg

Forster Tern (Sterna forsteri)
(80 of 189) (41245 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Sunday 6 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:26:06 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Ship_Ribs


Skeletal ship ribs now supported a row of windswept terns.


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20100607_Western_Grebe_Caught_Fish.jpg

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
(81 of 189) (41178 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 7 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:45:05 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Caught_Fish


A Western Grebe after its dive for fish.


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20100607_Western_Grebe_Ready_To_Dive.jpg

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
(82 of 189) (41249 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Monday 7 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:44:14 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#To_Dive


Here is a Western Grebe ready to dive for fish. external link


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20100608_Allens_Hummingbird_Santa_Cruz.jpg

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)
(83 of 189) (41317 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 8 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:45:29 Thursday 1 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Santa_Cruz


A tiny bronze hummingbird stopped to pose on the tip of a branch and I thanked him. external link


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20100608_Common_Loon_Elkhorn_Slough.jpg

Common Loon (Gavia immer)
(84 of 189) (41425 views)

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 8 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:46:38 Friday 12 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Elkhorn_Slough


The loons that day seemed to stay well away from our boat. I was only able to get close enough for this one photo. This is a Common Loon in winter plumage. external link


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20100609_California_Towhee_Natural_Bridges_Park_Santa_Cruz.jpg

California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
(85 of 189) (41334 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 9 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:51:05 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Santa_Cruz


Towhees are the robin-sized birds that scoot away under shrubbery before you can get a close look at them. Unless you are a bird stalker (I mean photographer) with much patience. external link


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20100609_Chestnut_backed_Chickadee_Posed_3_Seconds.jpg

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
(86 of 189) (41518 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 9 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:45:29 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#3_Seconds


This photo shows a chickadee that had gathered some fuzzy material for its nest. Chickadees are quite active birds who don't usually pose as nicely as this one did for me. It actually held still for more than three seconds. external link


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20100610_Brown_Pelican_By_fisherman.jpg

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(87 of 189) (43513 views)

Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Thursday 10 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:54:42 Wednesday 10 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#By_fisherman


The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.


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20100611_Bewicks_Wren_Natural_Bridges_Santa_Cruz.jpg

Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
(88 of 189) (41310 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Friday 11 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:47:16 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Santa_Cruz


Bewick is pronounced Buick, like the car. This wren is thriving in the nation's parklands and adds its voice to nature's concert. external link


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20100611_California_Towhee_In_A_Tree.jpg

California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
(89 of 189) (41437 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Friday 11 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:51:05 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#A_Tree


Towhees are not often seen in trees, because they love to forage in leaf litter under bushes and at the edges of paths.


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20100612_Brown_Pelican_Can_Fly.jpg

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )
(90 of 189) (43440 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Saturday 12 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:40 Wednesday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Can_Fly


It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.


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20100612_Whimbrel_Natural_Bridges_Santa_Cruz.jpg

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
(91 of 189) (41276 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Saturday 12 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:14:42 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Santa_Cruz


Natural Bridges Park was sunny and bright that day, which brought out the colors of the birds and water. In contrast, he following day was overcast with afternoon rain. external link


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20100613_Pygmy_Nuthatch.jpg

Pygmy Nuthatch (Siffa pygmaea)
(92 of 189) (41485 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 13 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:32:50 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Pygmy_Nuthatch


This tiny bird was poking around the holes in a dead tree. It was far away but I did manage to get a couple of shots. external link


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20100613_Whimbrel_Head_Markings.jpg

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
(93 of 189) (41271 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Sunday 13 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:50 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Head_Markings


This photo of whimbrels shows their head markings quite well. external link


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20100614_Killdeer_eggs_Oakland_Middle_Harbor_Park.jpg

Killdeer eggs
(94 of 189) (43172 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Monday 14 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:10:46 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Harbor_Park


This was the second killdeer nest I'd found. internal link The first one was on gravel and this one on flowerbed mulch. Both times the nests were easily overlooked and the eggs hard to spot. external link


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20100614_Whimbrel_With_Sandpipers.jpg

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) with Sandpipers
(95 of 189) (41252 views)

Natural Bridges Park, Santa Cruz, California
(Photo posted Monday 14 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:53 Thursday 11 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#With_Sandpipers


The sandpipers illustrate the adage that "birds of a feather flock together" and the whimbrel shows that, yes, we all can just get along.


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20100615_Killdeer_Faked_Being_Hurt.jpg

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
(96 of 189) (42489 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 15 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:11:44 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Being_Hurt


This killdeer external link tried to lure me away from her nest and eggs fluttering her wings as if injured. internal link Ironically, the only reason I knew her nest was nearby was because of the mother killdeer's behavior. She faked being hurt and then looked back to see if I was buying it.


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20100615_Snowy_Egret_In_Flight.jpg

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
(97 of 189) (41226 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 15 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:23:54 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#In_Flight


A snowy egret in flight is the poetry of nature. external link


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20100616_Snowy_Egret_In_Mid_Landing.jpg

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
(98 of 189) (41234 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 16 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:23:54 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Mid_Landing


A snowy egret mid landing appeared to dance.


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20100616_Snowy_Egret_Stalked_Great_Egret.jpg

Snowy Egret and Great Egret
(99 of 189) (43507 views)

Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 16 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:39:54 Sunday 14 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Great_Egret


The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.


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20100617_Blue_Damsefly.jpg

Blue Damselfly
(100 of 189) (41289 views)

Lake Merced, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Thursday 17 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:11:41 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Blue_Damsefly


These conjoined damselflies are a mated pair and stay connected like this until the eggs are laid. Both damselflies seen here are bright blue so this may be a "gay" pairing as documented in National Geographic. external link


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20100617_Red_Shouldered_Hawk_On_Powereline.jpg

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
(101 of 189) (41821 views)

Lake Merced, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Thursday 17 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:57:08 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#On_Powereline


A Red-shouldered Hawk showed off his very red shoulders while atop a high voltage power pole. external link


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20100618_Black_Phoebe_On_A_Gate.jpg

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
(102 of 189) (41459 views)

Lake Merced, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:09 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#A_Gate


Phoebes are one of my favorite birds because they seem so positive about life. I know I embue them with that attitude, but it's what I see.

Shown here is a Phoebe perched on a gate. external link


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20100618_White_Crowned_Sparrow.jpg

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
(103 of 189) (41274 views)

Lake Merced, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 18 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:17:17 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Crowned_Sparrow


I just love it when a bird comes close enough and holds still enough to get a good shot like this! external link


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20100619_Double_Crested_Cormorant_Scooped_Plants.jpg

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(104 of 189) (41432 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Saturday 19 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:54:32 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Scooped_Plants


This cormorant scooped up a beakful of water plants to build its nest and then flew off.


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20100619_Double_Crested_Cormorant_Silhouette.jpg

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(105 of 189) (41250 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Saturday 19 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:52:29 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Cormorant_Silhouette


This silhouette clearly shows the double crests that gave this cormorant its name. external link


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20100620_American_Coot_Close_Up.jpg

American Coot (Fulica americana)
(106 of 189) (41351 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Sunday 20 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:10:27 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Close_Up


A close-up of the lovely coot.


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20100620_American_Coots.jpg

American Coot (Fulica americana)
(107 of 189) (41447 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Sunday 20 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:09:57 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#American_Coots


The coot external link is a common bird found just about everywhere there is fresh water. The coot is not a duck but a rail. external link It doesn't have the typical flat bill of a duck and its feet are quite different, not webbed but lobed. internal link


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20100621_Brewers_Blackbird_Shows_Off.jpg

Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
(108 of 189) (41543 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Monday 21 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:11:45 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Shows_Off


A male Brewer's blackbird was showing off its glorious purple sheen.


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20100621_Male_Brewers_Blackbird.jpg

Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
(109 of 189) (41699 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Monday 21 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:11:45 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Brewers_Blackbird


A handsome male blackbird perched on a branch. external link


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20100622_Male_House_Finch_Is_Colorful.jpg

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
(110 of 189) (41263 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 22 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:17:54 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Is_Colorful


A very common bird but one I've rarely photographed. The red color of this house finch indicated he was male. The female, by contrast, is quite plain with no coloration. external link


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20100622_The_Chickadee.jpg

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
(111 of 189) (41600 views)

Lake Merced, Harding Park internal link San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 22 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:10:27 Sunday 28 March, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#The_Chickadee


Pretty, noisy and never stays still for long. That's the chickadee. external link


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20100623_Western_Gray_Squirrel.jpg

Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
(112 of 189) (41838 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 23 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:16:16 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Gray_Squirrel


Gray Squirrels external link seem to be thriving in the Arboretum. We saw about a dozen that afternoon.


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Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
(113 of 189) (41228 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 23 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:05:04 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Sun_Dappled


A Western Squirrel scavenging on the ground, glimpsed through the foliage. A nice sun-dappled look.


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20100624_Frogless_Lilly_Pad.jpg

Frogless Lilly Pad
(114 of 189) (41562 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Thursday 24 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:16:51 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Lilly_Pad


As we left that day we passed a nice pond with water lilies. A gorgeous flower but without the iconic frog. external link


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20100624_Song_Sparrow_With_Beakful.jpg

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
(115 of 189) (41891 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Thursday 24 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:33:06 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#With_Beakful


A tiny charmer with a beakful of lunch. external link


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20100625_Fern.jpg

Fern
(116 of 189) (41368 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 25 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:47:53 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#20100625_Fern


This was neither a talon nor a mutated squid tentacle. It was the just the frond of a fern about to unroll. The actual plant was at least seven feet tall. external link


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20100625_Swan_River_Daisy.jpg

Swan River Daisy (Brachycome Iberidifolia)
(117 of 189) (41924 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 25 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:42:32 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#River_Daisy


The arboretum gardeners really knew what they were doing. These Swan River Daisies were bloomed in wild profusion. external link


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20100625_Western_Gray_Squirrel_Teeth.jpg

Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
(118 of 189) (41670 views)

Strybing Arboretum internal link, San Francisco, California
(Photo posted Friday 25 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:05:38 Sunday, 2 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Squirrel_Teeth


I believe we San Franciscans should campaign for better dental care for Our squirrels. Maybe we can get it on the next ballot.


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20100626_Double_Crested_Cormorant_In_Green_Water.jpg

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(119 of 189) (41298 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Saturday 26 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:02:44 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Green_Water


This cormorant appeared to swim in green water but the green was actually a reflection of trees. external link


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20100626_Double_Crested_Cormorant_Leaf_On_Back.jpg

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(120 of 189) (41260 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Saturday 26 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:02:44 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#On_Back


A cormorant was about to remove a leaf that had fallen onto its back.


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20100627_Mallard_Hen_Demos_Dabbling.jpg

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
(121 of 189) (41173 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 27 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:05:12 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Demos_Dabbling


A mallard duckling observes Mom's dabbling technique.


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20100627_Mallard_Hen_With_Chick.jpg

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
(122 of 189) (41218 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 27 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:04:54 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#With_Chick


Here is a mallard hen with her one chick. external link


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20100628_Oregon_Junco.jpg

Junco (Junco hyemalis)
(123 of 189) (41278 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:38:34 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Oregon_Junco


I grew up to know this bird as the Oregon Junco with it's rufous flanks and black hood. Then I later learned it is really a Dark-eyed Junco external link and the Oregon Junco is a subspecies. This species of Juncos is too large a group to be a subspecies so debate still goes on, but to me they will always be Oregon Juncos.

Here is a little guy foraging in the typical junco fashion, giving me a pretty sun-dappled photo.


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20100629_Oregon_Junco_With_Full_Beak.jpg

Oregon Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
(124 of 189) (41346 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 29 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:19:48 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Full_Beak


A bird with young to feed has a full time job and in this case a very full beak. external link


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20100630_Male_Mallard_Iridescent_Colors.jpg

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
(125 of 189) (41187 views)

Lake Anza, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 30 June, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:31:49 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Iridescent_Colors


A male mallard posed on a large tree limb that extended out over the water. The sunlight made his iridescent colors show well.


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20100702_Approachable_Towhee.jpg

California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
(126 of 189) (41209 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Friday 2 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:26:05 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Approachable_Towhee


The typical Towhee is very shy and will scuttle away as soon as anyone approaches. This Towhee however, allowed me to get quite close and seemed unpreturbed by me or other visitors to the park. external link


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20100702_Song_Sparrow_Place_To_Drink.jpg

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
(127 of 189) (41391 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Friday 2 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:14:04 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#To_Drink


A song sparrow found a place to drink. external link


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20100704_Banana_Slug_Tilden_Park.jpg

Banana Slug (Ariolimax californicus)
(128 of 189) (41768 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 4 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:28:29 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


I almost didn't see this well camouflaged and slow moving slug. He and I are both happy I didn't step on him. external link

The Banana Slug is also famous for its role in sports. It is the official mascot of University of California at Santa Cruz. external link


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20100704_Western_Pond_Turtles_Tilden_Park.jpg

Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata)
(129 of 189) (41734 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 4 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:28:29 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


Four turtles sunned themselves just across the pond in the weak afternoon sunshine. external link


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20100705_Stellars_Jay_Tilden_Park.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
(130 of 189) (41252 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 5 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:28:29 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


As we left Jewel Lake we were escorted out by a loud scolding Stellar's Jay. He was quite insistent that we had overstayed our welcome. external link


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20100705_Stellars_Jay_Watched_Us.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
(131 of 189) (41268 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 5 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:33:39 Wednesday 12 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Watched_Us


After "evicting" us from its part of the park, the jay watched and made sure we were actually leaving.


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20100706_Black_Phoebe_Tilden_Park.jpg

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
(132 of 189) (41232 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 6 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:20:21 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


Two Phoebes were very active near Jewel Lake's shore. This nesting pair would each catch insects, pose on the spillway and then fly to feed their nesting young. external link


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20100706_Wilsons_Warbler_Tilden_Park.jpg

Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla )
(133 of 189) (41973 views)

Jewel Lake, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 6 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:38:02 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


Wilson's Warblers are numerous in California, yet this was the first one I had ever seen. Of course, since seeing my first, I now suddenly seem to find them on every outing. external link


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20100707_Banded_Wilsons_Warbler.jpg

Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla )
(134 of 189) (41346 views)

Jewel Lake external link Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 7 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:38:14 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Wilsons_Warbler


The Wilson's Warbler from yesterdays posting, internal link viewed from a different angle, showed that it had been banded. The silver band was numbered and was issued by US Fish & Wildlife, the colored bands had letters and were issued by research groups. Each number and color could be used to access a database for info about that specific bird. external link


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20100708_Solitary_Western_Pond_Turtle_Tilden_Park.jpg

Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata)
(135 of 189) (41719 views)

Jewel Lake external link Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Thursday 8 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:49:40 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


A solitary pond turtle suns itself on a log.


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Western Pond Turtles & Red Slider
(136 of 189) (41836 views)

Jewel Lake external link Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Thursday 8 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:49:40 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Red_Slider


Western Pond Turtles external link sunned themselves on a log in Jewel Lake. The leading turtle on the log however was a Red Slider. Perhaps a pet released after the owners became bored with it or the turtle became too big to remain cute.

Red-eared Sliders are an invasive species native to the Southern US. After they became common household pets they started showing up in Western states as well. Released in the wild they were "able to hybridize with native turtles damaging the integrity of the native species and introducing new pathogens to native animals." external link


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20100709_Black_Phoebe_Delivers_Lunch.jpg

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
(137 of 189) (41290 views)

Jewel Lake external link Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Friday 9 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:20:21 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Delivers_Lunch


A Black Phoebe about to deliver lunch to it's young.


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20100709_Oregon_Junco_White_Tail_Markings.jpg

Oregon Junco (Junco hyemalis var. Oregonus)
(138 of 189) (41200 views)

Jewel Lake external link Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Friday 9 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:47:20 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tail_Markings


The white markings on the tail of a female Oregon Junco are only visible in flight. Or, in this case, just before take-off. external link


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20100711_American_Goldfinch_Tilden_Park.jpg

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
(139 of 189) (41459 views)

Tilden Park Ponyrides internal link Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 11 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:27:43 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


This male goldfinch was in transitional plumage, moving from non-breeding into breeding colors. He also appeared to be molting a bit, as goldfinches do twice a year. external link


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20100711_Pacific_Slope_Flycatcher_Tilden_Park.jpg

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)
(140 of 189) (41214 views)

Tilden Park Ponyrides, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Sunday 11 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:27:43 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


This Pacific-slope Flycatcher external link sat on its thorny branch and let me approach to within a few feet. It was perched in the trees surrounding the now closed Pony Rides at Tilden Park. internal link


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20100712_American_Goldfinch_In_Breeding_Plumage_Tilden_Park.jpg

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
(141 of 189) (41241 views)

Tilden Park Ponyrides internal link Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 12 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:29:36 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


A male American Goldfinch coming into breeding plumage.


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20100712_Spotted_Tohee_Tilden_Park.jpg

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
(142 of 189) (41346 views)

Tilden Park Ponyrides internal link Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 12 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:27:43 Tuesday 18 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


Usually, a spotted towhee is seen in the underbrush. In the spring however, the male spends a great deal of time in the trees singing to attract a mate. external link


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Crayfish
(143 of 189) (41348 views)

Botanical Gardens, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 13 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:41:42 Tuesday 18, May 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Botanical_Gardens


A crayfish was unexpectedly sighted in the Botanical Gardens. When I was a kid we called it a crawdad. external link


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20100715_Junco_Tilden_Botanical_Gardens.jpg

Junco (Junco oreganus)
(144 of 189) (41449 views)

Tilden Botanical Garden, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Thursday 15 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:28:44 Tuesday 18, May 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Botanical_Gardens


As we headed to the car I captured this last glimpse of an Oregon Junco just before he disappeared over the rooftop. external link


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20100716_Western_Fence_Lizard_Sherman_Island_CA.jpg

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
(145 of 189) (41992 views)

Sherman Island, California
(Photo posted Friday 16 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:44 Friday 23 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Island_CA


I saw many lizards that day. This one was recharging his "solar batteries". When I was a kid we called this type of lizard a blue-belly. external link


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20100717_Scrub_Jay_Sherman_Island_California.jpg

Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
(146 of 189) (41465 views)

Sherman Island, California
(Photo posted Saturday 17 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:43:20 Friday 23 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Island_California


A Scrub Jay on a barbecue searched for food. external link


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20100718_Scrub_Jay_with_Bug_Sherman_Island_California.jpg

Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
(147 of 189) (41249 views)

Sherman Island, California
(Photo posted Sunday 18 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:44:04 Friday 23 May, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Island_California


A Scrub Jay in a tree with a very large bug!


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20100719_Western_Fence_Lizard_Tilden_Park.jpg

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
(148 of 189) (41257 views)

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 19 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:08:02 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Tilden_Park


The same type of lizard I saw on Sherman Island internal link was found in Tilden Park.


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20100721_Stellars_Jay_Charcoal_Top.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )
(149 of 189) (41339 views)

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 21 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:33:51 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Charcoal_Top


Imagine a charcoal colored bird that landed in a birdbath filled with indigo-blue Easter Egg dye. That's the Stellar's Jay. But in bright sunlight, the normally charcoal top of the Stellar's Jay appears brown. external link


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20100722_Yucca_at_Tilden_Botanical_Garden.jpg

Yucca
(150 of 189) (41226 views)

Botanical Garden, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Thursday 22 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:33:51 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Botanical_Garden


This dramatically spiny yucca plant was found just inside the gate. external link


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20100723_Stellars_Jay_On_Branch.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )
(151 of 189) (41284 views)

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Friday 23 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:36:11 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#On_Branch


Is the Stellar's Jay a blue bird with a charcoal top or a charcoal bird with a blue bottom?


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20100726_Stellars_Jay_With_Butterfly.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )
(152 of 189) (41271 views)

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Monday 26 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:37:20 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#With_Butterfly


This Stellar's Jay held down a butterfly and pulled off it's wing's. Naughty bird.


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20100727_Stellars_Jay_Butterfly_As_Food.jpg

Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
(153 of 189) (41374 views)

Tilden Park, Berkeley, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 27 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 13:37:35 Monday 14 June, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#As_Food


Pretty butterflies are often the food for pretty birds.


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20100728_Annas_Hummingbird_Remained_Still.jpg

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna )
(154 of 189) (41185 views)

Bay Point Trail, Bay Point, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 28 July, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:18:06 Sunday 25 July, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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#Remained_Still


A female Anna's Hummingbird sat quite still on a dried twig. For a moment. external link


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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
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Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Saturday 30 October, 2010)
(Photo taken 12:05:25 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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We encountered a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins on our return from a cruise around part of Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel . Some were leaping ahead and to the side of us while others raced with us.

I was not able to get many usable photographs. The dolphins were so very fast and you never know where they will appear. The ones racing alongside the boat were amazing, but I didn't have the equipment to film them. Here is a link to bow riding dolphins that shows exactly what I saw: external link

Seeing the dolphins was an unforgettable experience.


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(156 of 189) (41339 views)

Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Sunday 31 October, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:25:59 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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There are hundreds of sea lions on Anacapa Island. external link This group was on the side of the island that faced the mainland, but the majority of them were on the other side facing the sea, which we did see a few minutes later.


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
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Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Sunday 31 October, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:25:59 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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These sea lions looked great on the rocks next to the opening of a sea cave.


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(158 of 189) (41300 views)

Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 3 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:35:33 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Seeing a large colony of sea lions in the wild is very different than seeing them in a manmade setting like Pier 39. internal link


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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
(159 of 189) (41333 views)

Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Thursday 4 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:31:24 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A small harem of sea lions on their private island.


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Black-crowned Night Heron
(160 of 189) (42883 views)

Oxnard, California
(Photo posted Monday 8 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 09:21:08 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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This bedraggled juvenile black-crowned night heron was perched on the dock near the boat we were going to use. I hoped it wasn't a harbinger of how our trip would turn out.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(161 of 189) (43482 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 9 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:32:36 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A flock of pelicans flying in typical formation with Anacapa island in the background.


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Brandt's and Double-crested Cormorants
(162 of 189) (41359 views)

Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 10 November, 2010) <
(Photo taken 11:11:38 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Close to Anacapa there were scores of seabirds and the light was lovely.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(163 of 189) (41319 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Thursday 11 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:13:03 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The rocks surrounding Anacapa Island are dramatic and favored by pelicans.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(164 of 189) (43600 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Saturday 13 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:12:27 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(165 of 189) (41272 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Sunday 14 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:15:19 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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This wall of pelicans was only a small sampling of the hundreds on the island.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(166 of 189) (41242 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 17 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:19:27 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Pelicans sunned themselves high atop a large rock cliff.


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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
(167 of 189) (41175 views)

Anacapa Island, California
(Photo posted Sunday 21 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:21:16 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A closer look at pelicans on the cliff face.


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Macaws
(168 of 189) (44008 views)

Jungle Expeditions Hotel, Marañon River, Peru
(Photo posted Friday 1 January, 2010)
(Photo taken 10:46:12 Thursday April 9, 2009)
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Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.


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Brandt's and Double-crested Cormorants
(169 of 189) (41215 views)

Anacapa Island, Santa Barbara Channel, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 24 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 11:23:22 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A cliff of cormorants.


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Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)
(170 of 189) (42883 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 30 November, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:39:48 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The Green-winged Macaw goes by many names: Greenwing Macaw, Red and Green Macaw and Green Wing Macaw. external link They are one of the largest and gentlest of all the Macaws.


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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
(171 of 189) (41876 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Wednesday 1 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:48:06 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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This cockatoo seemed healthy and alert but very quiet. external link


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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
(172 of 189) (42643 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Thursday 2 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:31:55 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome. external link


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Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
(173 of 189) (41558 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 3 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:05:04 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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No, that's not its trunk. It's the tail of an Asian Elephant. external link


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Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar)
(174 of 189) (41805 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Saturday 4 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:05:23 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Also known as the white-handed gibbon, this Lar Gibbon lazed in the afternoon sun. external link These gibbons have colorings that range from black to white with all shades of brown in between.


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Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
(175 of 189) (41747 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 5 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:02:46 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The improbable flamingo pondering its place in natural history. external link


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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)
(176 of 189) (43548 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Wednesday 8 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 14:57:03 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon. external link


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African Spurred Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata)
(177 of 189) (43704 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 10 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:57:00 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A very large tortoise with an imposing look. external link


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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
(178 of 189) (42854 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Saturday 11 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:13:46 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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Catching the afternoon sun, the master of the grasses rests in its domain.


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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
(179 of 189) (43194 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 12 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:33:31 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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This Capybara needs a good brushing.


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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
(180 of 189) (42668 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 13 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:33:31 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A capybara peeking coyly from behind its giant palm frond.


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Baringo Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi)
(181 of 189) (41609 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 14 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:57:03 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The Santa Barbara zoo called this giraffe a Baringo giraffe. It was originally named the Rothschild giraffe and now sometimes called the Ugandan giraffe. No matter its name, it is a threatened species of giraffe. external link


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Southern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
(182 of 189) (41672 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 17 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:58:01 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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Several energetic hornbills rarely stopped their rapid walk around the giraffe enclosure. external link


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Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)
(183 of 189) (41342 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 20 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:14:56 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The Island Fox is only found on the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Each of those six islands has its own subspecies of this little fox. Very Galapagos of them. external link


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Lion (Panthera leo)
(184 of 189) (42637 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 21 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:54:02 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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The King of the Jungle appeared regal that day. external link


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Lion (Panthera leo)
(185 of 189) (42606 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Wednesday 22 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:54:13 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The lion demonstrated camouflage.


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Lion (Panthera leo)
(186 of 189) (42429 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Thursday 23 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:54:13 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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The King contemplated freedom.


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Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
(187 of 189) (41306 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 26 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 16:02:28 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A meerkat taking his turn as sentry. external link


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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
(188 of 189) (41398 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 28 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:42:17 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2010 Terry Costales
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This Red-tailed hawk was being trained that afternoon. He flew down to gobble a tossed tidbit and then contemplated his flight back up to the keepers arm. external link


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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
(189 of 189) (41330 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Wednesday 29 December, 2010)
(Photo taken 15:42:02 Friday 8 October, 2010)
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A Red-tailed hawk perched on the keeper's arm.


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