August 2016
Animalblog by Terry Costales

A late summer collection of animal portraits by photographer Terry Costales
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Two Stellar's Jays
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Sand Dollar Beach
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 14:28:33 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Tuesday 30 August 2016)
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There were four Stellar's Jays busy foraging where the forest met the beach. Alaska can be very quiet at times, but not with jays around!


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Stellar's Jay Posed
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Sand Dollar Beach
Metlakatla, Alaska
(Date Photographed: 14:29:32 Wednesday 2 September 2015)
(Date Published: Wednesday 31 August 2016)
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A very handsome Stellar's Jay came out of the shadows a few times for pictures. The rest of the time, he and his buddies were very busy foraging in the shaded trees and bushes.


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California Ground Squirrel
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 11:12:50 Sunday 21 August 2016)
(Date Published: Monday 29 August 2016)
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The Pisgah Arboretum barn is home to a few ground squirrels, but this one seemed to have loftier goals than just staying on the ground.


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Grasshopper On Dry Grass
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 10:29:51 Sunday 21 August 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 28 August 2016)
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This grasshopper was about 5 cm (2 in) long and flew past us and landed right in the middle of the path. What great camouflage it has!


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Great Blue Heron Flew
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Baker Bay Park external link external link internal link
35635 Shoreview Dr external link
Dorena, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:06:57 Wednesday 26 August 2015)
(Date Published: Saturday 27 August 2016)
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I finally reached the Great Blue Heron that I posted yesterday internal link in that beautiful morning light. It decided I was too close and flew.


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Great Blue Heron Backlit
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Baker Bay Park external link external link internal link
35635 Shoreview Dr external link
Dorena, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:02:07 Wednesday 26 August 2015)
(Date Published: Friday 26 August 2016)
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Last year, we camped at Baker Bay on Dorena Lake just east of Cottage Grove. Early the last morning I took a solitary walk and saw a distant Great Blue Heron standing in this gorgeous light. Such good luck!


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White-naped Crane
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 13:31:02 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Thursday 25 August 2016)
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A White-naped Crane made for a dramatic sight in the dry grass.


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Giraffe Bottom View
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 12:57:28 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Wednesday 24 August 2016)
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Here is the underneath of a giraffe's head. They look funny from this angle too.


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Zebra Stripes
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 12:53:35 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Tuesday 23 August 2016)
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A study in stripes. (Damara Zebras)


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Giraffe Amid Branches
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 12:50:32 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Monday 22 August 2016)
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The funny lovely face of a giraffe.


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Damara Zebra
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 12:49:58 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 21 August 2016)
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A Damara Zebra at the Wildlife Safari in Winston.


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North American River Otter
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 12:00:55 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Saturday 20 August 2016)
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I was surprised to spot this river otter in the large pond.


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Scimitar-horned Oryx
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 11:51:24 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 19 August 2016)
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A scimitar-horned oryx has achieved unicorn status due to a missing horn.


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African Lion In Grass
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Wildlife Safari external link external link
Winston, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 11:43:37 Monday 4 July 2016)
(Date Published: Thursday 18 August 2016)
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An African Lion resting.


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Western Kingbird
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 07:01:28 Thursday 17 June 2016)
(Date Published: Wednesday 17 August 2016)
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Here is the last of my Western Kingbird series. At least for now.


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Western Kingbird On Branch
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 07:47:35 Thursday 17 June 2016)
(Date Published: Tuesday 16 August 2016)
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This is the same Western Kingbird I posted yesterday internal link but two days later.


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Western Kingbird
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 10:58:19 Tuesday 15 June 2016)
(Date Published: Monday 15 August 2016)
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A Western Kingbird occupied a tree that was only twenty feet or so from an Osprey nest. While I was in Spokane, I took daily walks on the Centennial trail and could always count on the Kingbird being there. He was a very reliable model as birds go.


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Black-capped Chickadee
(18 of 31) (20225 views)

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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 10:36:38 Tuesday 15 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 14 August 2016)
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A Black-capped Chickadee looked like a Christmas card in June.


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Great Blue Heron
(19 of 31) (20258 views)

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Delta Ponds external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 09:00:51 Thursday 7 July, 2016)
(Date Published: Saturday 13 August 2016)
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A Great Blue Heron was perched in a tall tree overlooking the Delta Ponds.


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Song Sparrow On Twig
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Delta Ponds external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:57:09 Thursday 7 July, 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 12 August 2016)
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A Song Sparrow was perched on a twig near the water at the Delta Ponds in Eugene, Oregon.


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Cedar Waxwing's Back
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 10:30:22 Tuesday 15 June 2016)
(Date Published: Thursday 11 August 2016)
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This is the same Cedar Waxwing posted yesterday. Here, you can see the markings on his wings and tail clearly.


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Cedar Waxwing
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 10:29:42 Tuesday 15 June 2016)
(Date Published: Wednesday 10 August 2016)
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A Cedar Waxwing posed nicely, and for more than two seconds. What a gift.


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Young Wood Duck
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Delta Ponds external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:46:02 Thursday 7 July, 2016)
(Date Published: Tuesday 9 August 2016)
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Here is one of the young of the Wood Duck posted a few days ago internal link.


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Song Sparrow
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 15:29:29 Sunday 17 July 2016)
(Date Published: Monday 8 August 2016)
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A Song Sparrow clung to the stem of dried Cow Parsnip.


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Male Osprey Near Nest
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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 09:34:22 Tuesday 15 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 7 August 2016)
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A male osprey sat near his nest above the Centennial Trail.


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Black-billed Magpie
(26 of 31) (20383 views)

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From Spokane River Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 07:50:18 Thursday 17 June 2016)
(Date Published: Saturday 6 August 2016)
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A noisy Black-billed Magpie perched on the very top of a conifer.


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Osprey Flew Above Nest
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From Spokane Falls Community College external link external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 11:21:01 Tuesday 14 June 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 5 August 2016)
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A beautiful Osprey flew above its nest.


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Mule Deer Face
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From the Centennial Trail external link
Spokane, Washington
(Date Photographed: 11:52:04 Wednesday 13 June 2016)
(Date Published: Thursday 4 August 2016)
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While walking back to the house where I was staying in Spokane, I noticed just the tips of a deer's ears down the slope next to the trail. I carefully moved close enough to clearly see the sweet face of this mule deer.


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Spotted Towhee
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:58:36 Sunday 31 July 2016)
(Date Published: Wednesday 3 August 2016)
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A Spotted Towhee was caught out in the open for a moment.


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American Robin On Fencepost
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 15:11:45 Sunday 17 July 2016)
(Date Published: Tuesday 2 August 2016)
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A common Robin looking uncommonly handsome atop a fencepost at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.


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Hairy Woodpecker
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Mount Pisgah Arboretum external link internal link external link
Eugene, Oregon
(Date Photographed: 08:52:36 Sunday 31 July 2016)
(Date Published: Monday 1 August 2016)
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I was on one of the bird walks in Mount Pisgah Arboretum led by Julia Siporin, when I saw my first Hairy Woodpecker. Julia was able to identify it based on the length of its bill and markings. My field guide even agreed!


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