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Breeding pair of Avocets (461 views)
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(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary

Photo Posted May 21, 2007

© 2007 Terry Costales
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Taken Early May, they are guarding a nest and looking lovely. Maybe next trip out there I can get a shot of some Avocet chicks.

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Great Egret flying (638 views)
by Terry Costales
(95 of 126) To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.
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(96 of 126) I went out on my brother's boat last Monday and saw many Great Blue Herons. Twice I saw one noisily chase away a Great Egret that he thought was encroaching on his fishing spot.
Hawk (360 views)
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(97 of 126) Disturbed by photographer, the Thanksgiving hawk fled to higher ground.
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(98 of 126) This is a happy dog. He's getting exercise, interacting in the park with his human companion. And that's a nice orange ball! I've been watching the Dog Whisperer lately and exercise is a hugely
by Terry Costales
(99 of 126) Yesterday I thought these birds might be Australian Pelicans but with further research I found they are American White Pelicans in non-breeding plumage. I'm glad that's settled.
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(100 of 126) The face of an Australian bird which is odd, but compelling.
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(101 of 126) This nest was not in the fenced off area near the pond but next to the picnic tables. The herons are used to seeing and hearing people and seem quite tolerant of being ogled and photographed.
by Terry Costales
(102 of 126) This picture was taken just after the swallow had gathered a mouthful of mud to add to its nest. It plainly shows the tail shape that helps to distinguish it from the Barn Swallow. This is the
Small Shorebird (421 views)
by Terry Costales
(103 of 126) A small shorebird, about 4-6 inches long, was perched on a rock. I don't know what kind it is.
French Donkeys (413 views)
by Terry Costales
(104 of 126) Just west of the Louvre are wonderful gardens called Jardin des Tuileries. The gardens contain outdoor cafes, fountains, scattered statuary, chestnut trees, formal flower beds and trimmed hedges.
by Terry Costales
(105 of 126) Taken August 23rd, this is a Grey Heron hunting for food in a Dublin canal. This bird is a year round resident throughout England and Ireland. But I didn't expect one to be found downtown! Fifteen
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(106 of 126) Something about a swan. I see one and I feel like I am getting a small glimpse into a fairy tale. Swans conjure images of fairy princesses, enchanted lakes and talking animals. I almost expect to
by Terry Costales
(107 of 126) Here is the Oriole perched on a barbeque grill in the picnic area. He and several blackbirds had just chased a crow that dared to enter their territory. Crows are a threat to them because they will
by Terry Costales
(108 of 126) These 3 birds are all siblings but one is quite smaller than the rest. I kept expecting it to get shoved aside, or even knocked out of the nest, but it really held it's own. The mother would fly up
by Terry Costales
(109 of 126) A beautiful Zebra with gorgeous long lashes. I would love to see Zebras in California fields alongside the horses, sheep and cows. We have Ostriches and Llamas, why not Zebras?
Sparrow (575 views)
by Terry Costales
(110 of 126) A well camouflaged bird in the bush.
by Terry Costales
(111 of 126) At the sanctuary, there is a group of palm trees next to the large pond that provides prime nesting spots. It is fenced off to ensure the breeding birds are not disturbed. In late March, this was
Jackdaw (405 views)
by Terry Costales
(112 of 126) The Jackdaw is another type of crow common to Europe. Smaller than the Hooded crow from yesterday's posting and much less shy.
by Terry Costales
(113 of 126) A gosling is so darn cute when it's little. It's hard to believe that there is an entire industry devoted to the task of making them go away. When large flocks of adult geese show up in a "wrong
Great Egret (604 views)
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(114 of 126) The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.
Baby Elephant (438 views)
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(115 of 126) This is a baby Asian Elephant that is only a few months old. It drew a huge crowd of admirers and everyone wanted its picture.
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(116 of 126) When I took this photo I thought it was a common crow. That was in April. I processed this photo recently and discovered it was actually a jackdaw. A Jackdaw is a type of crow but has a grey
Great Egret (485 views)
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(117 of 126) I got this shot just as the egret was landing. Look closely and you can see the feet haven't quite come to rest on the pipe.
White Pelicans (505 views)
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(118 of 126) Taking photos from a boat was a new experience. I was able to get much closer to this flock of Pelicans before they took flight. These appear to be Australian Pelicans because of the pink bills. Or
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(119 of 126) The largest elephant in the group reached up to pull down some hay. The elephants in this zoo had a very large enclosure with varying terrain. The Dublin Zoo seems to be doing an excellent job of
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(120 of 126) This is a photo of the female mallard from yesterday's posting . Even though the nest is visible to people in boats and the towpath, it's quite well protected by it's inaccesability.
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(121 of 126) Mom is leading her brood from the duck pond, across the road and into the marsh. This is not an uncommon sight and one of the reasons there is a 15 MPH speed limit at the santuary.
Magpie (Pica pica) (451 views)
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(122 of 126) Flying shots are hard to get. The bird was on the path when I lifted the camera but I managed to get this photo without cutting off any part of its body, just barely.
Male Lion Sleeping (854 views)
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(123 of 126) Here is a photo of a lion doing what a lion does best.
Celebes macaque (427 views)
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(124 of 126) Monkeys and apes aren't my favorite animals but this guy looked interesting. Cool hairdo.
Zoe the Vizsla (471 views)
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(125 of 126) Today I met a very nice young woman and her beautiful dog Zoe. I learned a lot about the Vizsla breed and am looking forward to finding out even more.
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(126 of 126) Our boat was moored on the Canal du Midi and the four of us aboard all commented on the picturesque red and blue boat tied up across the way. When the swan swam near the boat I saw a photo op I
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(1 of 126) I had never seen this kind of crow before. As soon as he noticed me he walked over the peak of the roof and out of sight.
by Terry Costales
(2 of 126) The female Killdeer in this picture is adopting a wounded bird pose and making a distress call. She is trying to lure me away from her nest by convincing me she is easy prey. Luckily for her I only
by Terry Costales
(3 of 126) When the brown and white penguin is done molting it will become black and white, just like its companion.
Savannah Sparrow (370 views)
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(4 of 126) Fall colors provide a wonderful background for this little sparrow.
Tiger (385 views)
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(5 of 126) To me the tiger is the most awe inspiring animal I have ever seen. So majestic and powerful I could watch them forever, but in zoos they don't tend to do much whenever I'm around.
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(6 of 126) This view shows the extent of the buff coloring avocets acquire on neck and chest in the breeding season. They stand about 15 to 20 inches tall and Wikipedia has more info on these birds if you're
by Terry Costales
(7 of 126) This is a photo of a domesticated Swan Goose, originally called a Chinese goose. I've seen geese like this in California, Washington and France. Clearly they must adapt easily to many different
Bongo (443 views)
by Terry Costales
(8 of 126) It was difficult to get a shot through the fence of the Bongo. This close-up was the only one that turned out well enough to post.
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(9 of 126) This picture was taken early May. The nest was in a very shady area and it was overcast, but luckily there was a brief break in the clouds which provided enough light for me to get a decent
Warthog (903 views)
by Terry Costales
(10 of 126) The profile of a warthog is not handsome. Neither is any other view. They do have their niche in nature, but they just don't look good filling it.
Irish Dog (388 views)
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(11 of 126) They say everyone is Irish on St Pat's Day and I guess that includes the animal kingdom. Our dogs are eager to accompany we humans on all of our crazy endeavors. Whether it's dogs on motorcycles or
by Terry Costales
(12 of 126) I took this photo before the fog had burned off yesterday. These two aerial acrobats had a good time swooping and clowning around. After this display they landed on top of a cypress tree and then