2011
Animalblog by Terry Costales

The daily animal world as seen by Terry Costales from the Santa Barbara Zoo through Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua.
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Sun Bear (Ursus malayanus)
(1 of 123) (32555 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 23 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:52 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Bears can be silly and this Sun Bear from Malaysia was no exception. external link


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Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)
(2 of 123) (32734 views)

Point Mugu State Park
(Photo posted Sunday 2 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:43:46 Sunday 10 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#State_Park


This bird was one of the few I was able to photograph. The day was unbearably hot and the lack of birds made me feel as if I were trapped in national-birds-must-hide day. external link


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California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
(3 of 123) (32630 views)

Point Mugu State Park, Ventura County, California
(Photo posted Monday 3 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:43:46 Sunday 10 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Park_Ventura


This California Towhee earnestly foraged for food alongside the trail that too-hot Sunday morning. external link


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Audubon's Warbler (Dendroica coronata auduboni)
(4 of 123) (32706 views)

Point Mugu State Park, Ventura County, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 4 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:43:46 Sunday 10 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#State_Park


This was the only Audubon's Warbler I had ever seen and it took me a while to identify it. Although this was October, he remained in summer plumage, probably because October in California is like summer warmth elsewhere. external link


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Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
(5 of 123) (32704 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Saturday 8 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:31:12 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Angeles_Zoo


The Ibis stood in deep shade with just enough sunlight to create a mood. external link


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Southern Crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)
(6 of 123) (34261 views)

Animalblog internal link Pigeon Collection
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Sunday 9 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:28 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Angeles_Zoo


Wikipedia stated that "This species was first discovered new to science by Otto Finsch who found a live bird received from the dealer C. Scheepmaker in Amsterdam Zoo and named it after him." Yet, the article is for the Southern Crowned Pigeon. external link

The L.A. Zoo sign called this bird Sheepmaker's Crowned Pigeon and it was softly glowing in the dappled sunlight of the aviary.


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Bukharan Markhor (Capra falconeri heptneri)
(7 of 123) (33308 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 12 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:28 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#LA_Zoo


Markhors in general are endangered but the Bukharan or Tadjik Markhor from Afghanistan is critically endangered. external link


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20110116_African_Fish_Eagle_Los_Angeles_Zoo.jpg

African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
(8 of 123) (33621 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Sunday 16 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:37:17 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The African Fish Eagle is not a true fish eagle, rather it's actually a sea eagle. And yes, there are people for whom that fact matters. external link


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20110121_Chinese_Goral_Los_Angeles_Zoo.jpg

Chinese Goral (Naemorhedus caudatus)
(9 of 123) (32959 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Friday 21 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:39:17 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Looking a bit like a goat and a bit like an antelope, this little Goral was quite hard to spot when hidden on his big hillside of tall green grass. external link


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Aldabra Tortoise (Geochelone gigantea )
(10 of 123) (32913 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Saturday 22 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:10:46 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Angeles_Zoo


The second largest tortoise in the world has a very sweet face. external link


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Southern Crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)
(11 of 123) (34342 views)

Animalblog internal link Pigeon Collection
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Sunday 23 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:48 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Angeles_Zoo


Another photo of this gorgeous pigeon. internal link Wouldn't it be great if these birds were the ones flying around our cities and sitting on our statues?


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Bukharan Markhor (Capra falconeri heptneri)
(12 of 123) (32880 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Monday 24 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:31:06 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Angeles_Zoo


These cute little kids may grow up to possess very impressive sets of horns. internal link


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20110125_Red_River_Hog_Los_Angeles_Zoo.jpg

Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus)
(13 of 123) (35410 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 25 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:31:12 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I love this species of pig and its lyrical name. external link


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Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)
(14 of 123) (32891 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 26 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:18:56 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#A_Face


A very young giraffe made a rude face. external link


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Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri)
(15 of 123) (33010 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Thursday 27 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:24:59 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The Gerenuk's long neck allow it to reach favored leaves and fruit. Those incredibly long legs make it extremely nimble. external link


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Nubian Ibex (Capra nubiana)
(16 of 123) (32719 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Friday 28 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:26:26 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Those amazing horns can also be used as a backscratcher. external link


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20110129_Grevys_Zebra_Los_Angeles_Zoo.jpg

Grevy's Zebra ( Equus grevyi)
(17 of 123) (33942 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Saturday 29 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:29:46 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The zebra's stripes are not camouflage but a confusing optical illusion to confuse predators. external link


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Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni)
(18 of 123) (34699 views)

Terry Costales Animalblog internal link
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Sunday 30 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:47:26 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A shame that such a sturdy, handsome animal is also endangered. external link


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20110131_Nubian_Ibex_Los_Angeles_Zoo.jpg

Nubian Ibex (Capra nubiana)
(19 of 123) (33145 views)

Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, California
(Photo posted Monday 31 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:26:38 Monday 11 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A sheepish tête à tête.


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Koi
(20 of 123) (32811 views)

Lily Pond, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 5 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 9:32:37 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


The koi occupied a small portion of the amazing lily pond at Balboa Park internal link This fish was at least a foot and a half long and appeared pettable. Koi are domesticated carp. external link


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Opuntia (Cactus Fruit)
(21 of 123) (32896 views)

Old Cactus Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 12 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:11:54 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


In October there was still a small fruit on this potted cactus. external link


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Cactus Flower
(22 of 123) (32876 views)

Old Cactus Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 19 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:15:01 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


This cactus flower seemed quite orchid-like to my uneducated botanical eye.


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20110221_Spotted_Necked_Otter_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

African Spotted-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis)
(23 of 123) (32671 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 21 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:49:14 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


The otters were swimming in very clean, clear water. external link


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African Spotted-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis)
(24 of 123) (34796 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 22 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:49:23 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


Look closely and you can see the light colored spots on the throat of this otter which give it its name.


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African Spotted-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis)
(25 of 123) (32906 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 23 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:50:24 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


Long, sleek and curious.


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20110224_Spotted_Necked_Otter_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

African Spotted-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis)
(26 of 123) (33016 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 24 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:50:24 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


You can clearly see the otter's webbed feet in this photo.


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20110228_Chilean_Flamingo_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
(27 of 123) (32721 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 February, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:09:58 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


Here is a juvenile Chilean flamingo, showing only a promise of his or her future pink self. external link


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Unknown Bird
(28 of 123) (36563 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 1 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:11:59 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


I thought this was a bustard of some sort or perhaps a guan. However, I have not been able to identify it. If anyone can help please do, I'd appreciate it.


Rudolf Saturday 8 March 2014
Chauna torquata - Southern Screamer


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20110302_Schmidts_Spot_Nosed_Guenon_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Schmidt's Spot-nosed Guenon
(29 of 123) (33475 views)

(Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 2 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:48:27 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


A small cute monkey on a rope. external link


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20110303_Red_River_Hog_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus)
(30 of 123) (34851 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 3 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:55:30 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


Not much more than the snout could be seen of this unique Red River Hog. I'm not sure why but this is one of my favorite animals. external link


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Stellar's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus)
(31 of 123) (32635 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 4 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:02:13 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The Stellar's Sea Eagle is related to the American Eagle and shares the same fierce profile. external link


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20110305_Grevys_Zebra_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
(32 of 123) (33622 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 5 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:04:10 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The well muscled head of a zebra reminds me of a ballerina on her toes. external link


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20110306_Lesser_Flamingo_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(33 of 123) (32635 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 6 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:39:57 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The pink reflections of other flamingos provided a nice background for this photo. external link


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20110308_Schmidts_Spot-nosed_Guenon_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Schmidt's Spot-nosed Guenon
(34 of 123) (32803 views)

(Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 8 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:52:40 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


This little monkey sat in his tree, alert and healthy .


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20110309_Caribbean_Flamingo_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
(35 of 123) (32861 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 9 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 03:53:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


Synchronized neck displays must become an Olympic event! external link


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20110310_Okapi_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)
(36 of 123) (32955 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 10 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:42:57 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Diego_Zoo


An Okapi is the shorter forest version of the giraffe. external link


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20110314_Koi_Lily_Pond_Balboa_Park.jpg

Koi
(37 of 123) (32567 views)

Lily Pond, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 14 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:09:30 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


A golden Koi swimming in dramatic reflections. external link


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20110319_European_Tree_Frog_Balbo_Park_TNT_9767.jpg

European tree frog (Hyla arborea)
(38 of 123) (32636 views)

Natural History Museum internal link, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 19 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:39:12 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I believe this was a European Tree Frog but I wouldn't be surprised if I was wrong. external link


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20110320_Koi_Pond_Japanese_Friendship_Garden_Balboa_Park_TNT_9788.jpg

Koi Pond
(39 of 123) (32475 views)

Japanese Friendship Garden internal link Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 20 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:08:39 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park had the most serene koi pond I'd ever seen. external link


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20110322_Koi_Japanese_Garden_Balboa_Park.jpg

Koi
(40 of 123) (32611 views)

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 22 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 14:57:11 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


Shapes, colors and composition give this photo the feel of serenity that the actual place gave to me.


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20110323_Three_Koi_Japanese_Garden_Balboa_Park.jpg

Koi
(41 of 123) (32552 views)

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 23 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 14:56:39 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A group of Koi display their various types of beauty.


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20110324_Koi_Beneath_Ripples_Japanese_Garden_Balboa_Park.jpg

Koi
(42 of 123) (32820 views)

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 24 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 14:58:09 Thursday 14 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#Balboa_Park


Koi swimming beneath ripples and reflections.


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20110325_Chilean_Flamingo_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
(43 of 123) (32513 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 25 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:10:11 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Although perfectly equipped for survival in their natural habitat, the seemingly ungainly flamingo just doesn't seem possible.


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20110326_Juvenile_Caribbean_Flamingo_San_diego_Zoo.jpg

Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
(44 of 123) (32564 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 26 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:54:13 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This juvenile bird has months to go before it acquires the splendid color of its parents. internal link


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20110327_Grevys_Zebra_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
(45 of 123) (33905 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 27 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:04:27 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A beautiful zebra overlooked its enclosure.


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20110328_Polar_Bear_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
(46 of 123) (32580 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 28 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:09:52 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Modern Art created by using a digital camera, scratched plexiglass and a cooperating Polar Bear. external link


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20110329_Female_Duck_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Female Duck
(47 of 123) (32632 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 29 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:34:41 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A female duck dabbling in emerald green water.


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Speke's Gazelle (Gazella spekei)
(48 of 123) (33024 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 30 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:07:24 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This gazelle is "pronking" (a combination of running, bouncing, and jumping). external link


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Speke's Gazelle (Gazella spekei)
(49 of 123) (32805 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 31 March, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:11:31 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Here is a group of Speke's Gazelles not "pronking" internal link, but just standing around. The folds of skin over their noses are said to help amplify their alarm calls. external link


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20110401_Speces_Gazelle_Youngster_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Speke's Gazelle (Gazella spekei)
(50 of 123) (32786 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 1 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:29:58 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A well camouflaged youngster with that typical wrinkly nose.


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20110402_Peccary_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri)
(51 of 123) (34947 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 2 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:15:36 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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There is just something ugly-adorable about pigs. external link


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20110403_Sweet_Face_Chacoan_Peccary_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri)
(52 of 123) (34630 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 3 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:15:52 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Sweet, sweet face.


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20110404_Mandarin_Duck_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
(53 of 123) (32664 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 4 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:34:58 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The wonderfully photogenic Mandarin would not show his face. external link


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20110405_Asian_Elephant_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
(54 of 123) (33219 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 5 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:11:54 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The elephant ambled across its enclosure.


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20110406_Lowland_Nyala_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Lowland Nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni)
(55 of 123) (32747 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 6 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:12:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The male Nyala has large spiral horns and a dark shaggy coat. The three in this photo however are all female. external link


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20110409_Koala_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
(56 of 123) (32598 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 9 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:45:53 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A sleepy little Koala rested in a tree. external link


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Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
(57 of 123) (32582 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 10 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:46:47 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A close-up of a cuddly koala feeding in the sun.


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20110411_Domestic_Bactrian_Camel_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Domestic Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus)
(58 of 123) (32667 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 11 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:50:07 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Here is a close-up of a camel showing its awful teeth and lovely eyes. external link


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20110412_Koala_Closeup_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
(59 of 123) (32595 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 12 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:47:11 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A portrait of the fuzzy cute Koala. external link


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20110414_Vocalizing_Domestic_Bactrian_Camel_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Domestic Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus)
(60 of 123) (32685 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 14 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:50:22 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A vocalizing camel.


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20110416_Secretary_Bird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
(61 of 123) (32944 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 16 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:08:33 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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An extraordinary giant of a bird right out of Dr. Seuss. external link


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20110417_Northern_Shoveler_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
(62 of 123) (32542 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 17 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:00:18 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A male shoveler created lovely ripples when he emerged from his pond. external link


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20110420_Northern_Shoveler_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
(63 of 123) (32626 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 20 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:00:23 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This profile of the Northern Shoveler illustrates its namesake bill.


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20110421_Capybara_Dozed_In_Sun_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
(64 of 123) (33674 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 21 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:15:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A sleepy capybara dozed in the sun.


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20110422_Addra_Gazelle_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Addra Gazelle (Gazella dama ruficollis)
(65 of 123) (32606 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 22 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:13:48 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A close-up of an Addra Gazelle. external link


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20110101_Isaland_Fox_Santa_Barbara_Zoo.jpg

Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)
(66 of 123) (37019 views)

Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara, California internal link
(Photo posted Saturday 1 January, 2011)
(Photo taken 16:14:56 Friday 8 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This little fox from the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara does inspire the urge to cuddle it. external link


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20110425_Double_Crested_Cormorant_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
(67 of 123) (32547 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 25 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:37:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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There were several cormorants nesting inside the zoo even though it was October. external link


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20110427_African_Olive_Pigeon_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

African Olive Pigeon (Columba arquatrix)
(68 of 123) (34023 views)

Animalblog internal link Pigeon Collection
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 27 April, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:22:40 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This handsome Olive Pigeon eyed the photographer suspiciously. external link


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20110501_Fawn_Breasted_Bowerbird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris)
(69 of 123) (33528 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 1 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:09:20 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Known as the Braunbauch-Laubenvogel in Germany, the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird we saw seemed like a sweet, industrious little individual. external link


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20110513_Nicobar_Pigeon_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
(70 of 123) (34436 views)

Animalblog internal link Pigeon Collection
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 13 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:14:03 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This large pigeon with the remarkable feathers comes from the Nicobar Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. external link


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20110514_Bali_Mynahs_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Bali Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi)
(71 of 123) (32706 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 14 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:23:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The Bali Mynahs in the aviary seemed curious and friendly but sadly they are almost extinct in the wild. external link


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20110515_Malay_Great_Argus_Pheasant_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Malay Great Argus Pheasant
(72 of 123) (32622 views)

(Argusianus argus)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 15 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:11:59 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This is part of the tail of a male Great Argus pheasant. Like the peacock, the male pheasant is much more impractical than the female. external link


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20110516_African_Open-billed_Stork_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

African Open-billed Stork
(73 of 123) (32554 views)

(Anastomus lamelligerus)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 16 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:45:56 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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In this photo you aren't able to see the small gap in the bill that gives this stork its name. That gap allows for more strength at the tip of the bill for pulling the meat out of the shells of mollusks. external link


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20110517_Great_Horned_Owel_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
(74 of 123) (33675 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 17 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:11:59 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This owl drew a large crowd of admirers when brought out and presented to the public. external link


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20110518_Wood_Duck_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa )
(75 of 123) (32633 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 18 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:03:43 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A beautiful duck swimming in golden reflections. external link


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20110519_White-headed_Lapwing_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

White-headed Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps)
(76 of 123) (32538 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 19 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:14:40 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I'd never seen a bird with such striking beak adornments. external link


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20110520_Lesser_Flamingo_Eye_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(77 of 123) (32985 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 20 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:40:56 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I would not like to meet an angry flamingo if those eyes are any indication of temperment. external link


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20110521_Lesser_Flamingo_Dramatic_Face_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
(78 of 123) (32613 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 21 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 12:40:56 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The very dramatic looking face of a Lesser Flamingo. external link


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20110522_Caribbean_Flamingo_As_Art_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
(79 of 123) (32803 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Sunday 22 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:53:38 Friday 15 October 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The flamingo can also be viewed as art.


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20110523_Okapi_Legs_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)
(80 of 123) (32822 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 23 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:43:05 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A close-up of Okapi legs forming wonderful patterns of black and white. external link


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20110524_Grevys_Zebra_As_Art_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi)
(81 of 123) (32643 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:05:02 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Another animal posing as art.


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20110525_Elephant_Eye_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
(82 of 123) (32687 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 25 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:58:21 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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An elephant gives the photographer the eye.


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20110527_Asian_Elephant_Nose_On_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
(83 of 123) (32898 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 27 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:58:21 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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An elephant gives the photographer its other eye. internal link


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20110528_Unidentified_Blue_Bird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unknown Bird
(84 of 123) (34810 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 28 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:08:29 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This was a very strikingly beautiful bird with its totally blue feathers, but I do not know its name.


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20110530_African_Open_billed_Stork_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

African Open-billed Stork
(85 of 123) (32631 views)

(Anastomus lamelligerus)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 30 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:48:25 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Not your traditionally beautiful bird, but quite striking in its own way.


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20110531_Unknown_Wading_Bird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Wading Bird
(86 of 123) (34497 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 31 May, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:11:59 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I thought this small wading bird would be easy to identify, but alas, for me it was not.


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20110601_White_Faced_Whistling_Duck_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
(87 of 123) (32519 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 1 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:15:36 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Whistling ducks do use a variety of whistling calls instead of the expected quacks. external link


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20110602_Golden_Breasted_Starling_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Golden-breasted Starling
(88 of 123) (32556 views)

(Cosmopsarus regius)
San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 2 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:21:27 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This gaudy starling is a far cry from the common black starlings I usually see. external link


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20110603_Possible_Flycatcher_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unknown Bird
(89 of 123) (34793 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Friday 3 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 13:08:29 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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I believe this to be a flycatcher, but I couldn't positively identify it. external link


Rudolf Saturday 8 March 2014
Looks like a juveniel : Rackuet-tailed Roller (Coracia spatulatus)


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20110604_Possible_Flycatcher_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unknown Bird
(90 of 123) (34520 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 4 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:17:45 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Another photo of yesterday's unidentified bird. internal link


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20110606_Possible_Ibis_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Ibis?
(91 of 123) (34649 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Monday 6 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:24:21 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This bird looks like an Ibis to me, but I can't identify it. Frustrating.


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20110607_Unidentified_Bird_San_Diego.jpg

Unknown Bird
(92 of 123) (34570 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Tuesday 7 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:20:23 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A handsome, curious and unidentified bird from one of the San Diego Zoo aviaries.


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20110608_Yesterdays_Bird_From_The_Back_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unknown Bird
(93 of 123) (34594 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 8 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:43:59 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Another view of the unidentified bird from yesterday's blog.


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20110615_Unidentified_Yellow_Bird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unidentified Bird
(94 of 123) (34604 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Wednesday 15 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:41:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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A lovely yellow bird high above my head remains anonymous.


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20110616_Unidentified_Yellow_Bird_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Unidentified Bird
(95 of 123) (34491 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Thursday 16 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:41:38 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The little bird is asking "Who am I?" and I have no answer.


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20110618_Sociable_Weaver_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius)
(96 of 123) (32535 views)

San Diego Zoo external link, San Diego, California
(Photo posted Saturday 18 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 15:47:35 Wednesday 13 October, 2010)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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In the center of this photo is a small brown bird about five and a half inches long, with a blue bill. It is not perched on the side of a haystack, but the communal nest the flock has built. There may be 100 families in there! external link


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20110619_Afircan_Spoonbill_San_Diego_Safari_Park.jpg

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
(97 of 123) (32814 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 19 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:23:38 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This African Spoonbill has a crazed look in its eye, but I think that's just the camera angle. external link


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20110620_Hammerkopf_San_Diego_Safari_Park.jpg

Hammerkopf (Scopus umbretta)
(98 of 123) (32519 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 20 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:30 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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The Hammerkopf is an African water bird that builds several huge nests every year. I'd love to see one in the wild someday. external link


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20110623_Mindanao_Bleeding-heart_Safari_Park_San_Diego.jpg

Mindanao Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba crinigera)
(99 of 123) (34029 views)

Animalblog internal link Pigeon Collection
Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Thursday 23 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:00 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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This pigeon never stood still for an instant so I had to get his photo on the run. external link


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20110624_Cape_Vulture_San_Diego_Safari_Park.jpg

Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)
(100 of 123) (32728 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 24 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:10:44 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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These beautiful birds seemed to be in their natural habitat but you know they have been rendered flightless. external link


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African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
(101 of 123) (32553 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 27 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:23:49 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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With a bill like that, every angle is remarkable. internal link


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20110628_White_Headed_Lapwing_San_Diego_Safari_Park_TNT_9855.jpg

White-headed Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps)
(102 of 123) (32759 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 28 June, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:24:38 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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In this photo can be seen two little "spikes" jutting out from the upper chest of this bird. I have not been able to find any mention of them in any descriptions. Another mystery for now. external link


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20110704_African_Spoonbill_Face_On_Safari_park_San_Diego.jpg

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
(103 of 123) (32694 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 4 July, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:23:49 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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#San_Diego


This is my last goofy spoonbill photo. Unless I get to take more in the future.


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Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres)
(104 of 123) (32516 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 5 July, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:10:56 Friday 15 October, 2011)
© 2011 Terry Costales
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Vultures are not usually thought of as beautiful, but this Cape Vulture is quite handsome. external link


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20110728_Ugandan_Giraffe_Safari_Park_San_Deigo_TNT_9945.jpg

Ugandan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothchildi)
(105 of 123) (32662 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Thursday 28 July, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:33:00 Friday 15 October, 2011)
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I find the shape of the giraffe unlikely and wonderful.external link


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African Wild Ass (Equus africanus)
(106 of 123) (32929 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 19 August, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:14:55 Friday 15 October, 2011)
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The African Wild Asses were a beautiful and vocal group of animals. They came trotting down a hill to greet the tram as it passed by. external link


Julia Vilstrup Mouatt Thursday 18 July 2013
I have found a picture of an African wild ass (Equus africanus) on your site taken by Terry Costales, and reading your terms I understand that I can use it if it's for non-commercial use if I credit bcx.news and photographer Terry Costales? It is among some other pics for the front cover of my phd thesis. Is this ok?
Terry Costales Friday 19 July 2013 I would be honored for you to use the photo, thank you. Could you email me the finished cover so I may see it after it's done? I have friends that live in Copenhagen and I'm going to brag about this to them! Good luck with your thesis,
Julia Vilstrup Mouatt Saturday 230 July 2013 Thank you so much. I'm handing in next week. Attached is the front two pages internal link (the 2nd page is not complete finished) but I'll credit you and bcx.news. Lovely picture of the somali wild ass.


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African Wild Ass (Equus africanus)
(107 of 123) (33146 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Friday 26 August 2011)
(Photo taken 11:14:55 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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It seems as if a child imagined this whimsical animal into existence. external link


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Ugandan Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothchildi)
(108 of 123) (33475 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Saturday 27 August, 2011)
(Photo taken 10:14:00 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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The improbable Giraffe sits improbably.


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African Wild Ass (Equus africanus)
(109 of 123) (32547 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 28 August, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:15:23 Friday 15 October, 2011)
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I think these sweet faces belie a feisty nature.


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Gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
(110 of 123) (32852 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 29 August, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:14:08 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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The Gemsbok is part of the Oryx family and a handsome one at that. external link


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Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
(111 of 123) (33479 views)

Terry Costales Animalblog internal link
Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 18 September, 2011)
(Photo taken 02:41:56 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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The female Bighorn does not have the giant horns that the males carry. external link


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Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
(112 of 123) (33540 views)

Terry Costales Animalblog internal link
Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Tuesday 4 October, 2011)
(Photo taken 02:42:08 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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A closer look at the female Bighorn sheep.


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Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
(113 of 123) (33322 views)

Terry Costales Animalblog internal link
Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Sunday 9 October, 2011)
(Photo taken 02:42:23 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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The horns of the male Bighorn Sheep are indeed big. As he gets older, the horns will get even bigger.


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Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
(114 of 123) (33605 views)

Terry Costales Animalblog internal link
Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Monday 10 October, 2011)
(Photo taken 02:42:52 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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This male is demonstrating that size does matter.


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Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
(115 of 123) (35267 views)

Safari Park, San Diego, California internal link
(Photo posted Saturday 15 October, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:51:04 Friday 15 October, 2010)
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Not a beautiful animal, but smart and intriguing. external link


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White-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa)
(116 of 123) (32398 views)

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 26 November, 2011)
(Photo taken 07:19:24 Saturday 19 November, 2011)
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This was an extremely common bird on the island but they were amazing! Dramatic looking but quite mischievous. We saw one open the flip top of a ketchup bottle to get himself a treat. external link


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Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)
(117 of 123) (32316 views)

Isletas, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 3 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:29:32 Saturday 12 November 2011)
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A slightly blurred photo of a Groove-billed Ani due to a fast moving boat. The driver was more interested in showing us the homes on the isletas than the birdlife. external link


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Nests of the Montezuma Oropendola
(118 of 123) (32464 views)


Isletas, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Sunday 18 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:29:08 Sunday 13 November)
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The hanging nests of the Montezuma Oropendola bird. external link A little while later I was able to see one of the builders.


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Brahman Cattle
(119 of 123) (32790 views)

Playa de Hermosa, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Monday 19 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 14:19:08 Monday 21 November, 2011)
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These two cows were foraging at the forest's edge where it met the beach. The cattle roam free all day and return to the farm at dusk. external link


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Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma)
(120 of 123) (32465 views)

Isletas, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 20 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:37:56 Sunday 13 November, 2011)
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After seeing the hanging nests in three Central American countries and only hearing and catching fleeting glimpses of this bird, I finally saw one clearly and fairly close up. external link


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Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
(121 of 123) (32501 views)

Isletas, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Wednesday 21 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 11:52:06 Sunday 13 November, 2011)
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Fantastic good luck to get all of this bird in the frame when the boat slowed down a bit. external link


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Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)
(122 of 123) (32365 views)

Mombacho Volcano internal link Nicaragua
(Photo posted Thursday 22 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 09:36:52 Tuesday 15 November, 2011)
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When we visited a coffee plantation on the slopes of Mombacho Volcano, I saw this little wren in the bushes. I was able to capture the classic "wren with tail in air" pose. external link


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Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)
(123 of 123) (32496 views)

Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua
(Photo posted Friday 23 December, 2011)
(Photo taken 09:36:57 Tuesday 15 November, 2011)
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A black and white silhouette of the bird seen in yesterday's posting. internal link Even without color it is still undeniably a wren. external link


Hue Barclay 09:42:00 Tuesday 4 December 2012
Beautiful pictures. I like that they weren't posed and not all were showing their "best parts". I felt like I went on walkabout, not on safari!


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