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Nesting Snowy Egret with young (392 views)
(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted June 1, 2007

© 2007 Terry Costales
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This picture was taken in late May. There were mother egrets in the colony still sitting on eggs while others, like the one above, were taking care of their small chicks. Many mother egrets were feeding larger chicks. Many larger fledglings were out on the branches but not yet flying. Quite an advance in procreation from my visit a month earlier.

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White Pelicans (433 views)
by Terry Costales
(70 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
Harbor Seal (500 views)
by Terry Costales
(71 of 126) This photo of a Harbor Seal was taken very near the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center at the bird sanctuary. I was very surprised to see it but the ranger verified that they have been known to
by Terry Costales
(72 of 126) Seeing a bright red eye on a bird, to me, is quite startling. Although the heron appears to be standing one-legged, the other leg is actually stretched out in front, grasping another branch.
Magpie (Pica pica) (393 views)
by Terry Costales
(73 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.
Sparrow (496 views)
by Terry Costales
(74 of 126) A well camouflaged bird in the bush.
by Terry Costales
(75 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.
by Terry Costales
(76 of 126) When Canada Geese trumpet their arrival while flying directly overhead, no-one could possibly pass up the opportunity to photograph them.
by Terry Costales
(77 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
by Terry Costales
(78 of 126) All the Black-headed gulls I saw in Dublin were all in winter plumage. What a great excuse I have now to go back and get photos of them in their fancy summer outfits.
Flamingos (355 views)
by Terry Costales
(79 of 126) This photo reminds me of peach colored roses in a garden, ready to unfurl.
Boxer Puppy (432 views)
by Terry Costales
(80 of 126) This little guy was as sweet as Halloween candy and was like velvet to the touch. You can tell he is well cared for and loved.
Baby Elephant (370 views)
by Terry Costales
(81 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.
Caged Tiger (372 views)
by Terry Costales
(82 of 126) This photo was taken August 13th, 2006, which was my first day with my new camera. The tiger rapidly paced her cage, back and forth, revealing an occasional silent snarl. I waited in front of the
Killdeer eggs (534 views)
by Terry Costales
(83 of 126) This is a photo of three very well camouflaged eggs in a Killdeer "nest." Because Killdeer often lay their eggs on gravel, the parking lot at the sanctuary had become a favorite nesting spot for
by Terry Costales
(84 of 126) This is a North American River Otter having a scratch and a yawn. There were two in the exhibit and their cute faces and playful antics drew quite a crowd.
by Terry Costales
(85 of 126) What a face. And under all that gorgeous white fur is black skin. All the better to absorb heat and keep the bear warm.
by Terry Costales
(86 of 126) I hate to give away the secret behind this shot but, in actuality, this ferocious tiger is merely yawning.
by Terry Costales
(87 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.
Horses at dawn (333 views)
by Terry Costales
(88 of 126) Backlit at dawn, two horses in the Northwest are a calm and beautiful sight. Almost everything looks better when the light is special .
Small Shorebird (362 views)
by Terry Costales
(89 of 126) A small shorebird, about 4-6 inches long, was perched on a rock. I don't know what kind it is.
by Terry Costales
(90 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
by Terry Costales
(91 of 126) This is a photo of a duck with a "crazy hairdo". I had never before seen a picture of a Tufted Duck, and was quite startled to observe this unusual species. Looking at the photos on our return home
Anna's Hummingbird (313 views)
by Terry Costales
(92 of 126) A female hummingbird on a stick.
by Terry Costales
(93 of 126) The Bullock's Oriole is the western version of the Baltimore Oriole which is found east of the Rockies. This photo was taken late May and what a great pose he gave me.
by Terry Costales
(94 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.
Red-eared Slider (495 views)
by Terry Costales
(95 of 126) There are hundreds of these turtles in Stow Lake. If the little pet turtle you had as a kid ever lived long enough to outgrow its little plastic dish (the one with the fake palm tree) it would've
Young Canada Geese (448 views)
by Terry Costales
(96 of 126) Yesterdays picture was taken of a gosling that was only a few days old. Today's photo was taken three weeks later. Now you should definitely be able to see that they are becoming adult geese.
by Terry Costales
(97 of 126) Finally a European starling where it belongs: in Europe. I have observed large flocks of Starlings since I was a kid. Sometimes I've seen enormous groups making, what I like to call, "flock
Celebes macaque (351 views)
by Terry Costales
(98 of 126) Monkeys and apes aren't my favorite animals but this guy looked interesting. Cool hairdo.
by Terry Costales
(99 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
Flamingo (366 views)
by Terry Costales
(100 of 126) I love this close-up of a flamingo on its nest. I never realized there eyes were so pale.
by Terry Costales
(101 of 126) This oriole was named for William Bullock, a British amateur naturalist. In all my visits to this bird sanctuary, this was the only time I've seen this bird. I was very lucky to get some photos of
by Terry Costales
(102 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
by Terry Costales
(103 of 126) These two swallows were among dozens gathering mud on the bank of an inlet close to their colony. They landed and scooped up mud with their wings held high and fluttering. Once they got a good
by Terry Costales
(104 of 126) This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.
by Terry Costales
(105 of 126) Taken late March, this bird is probably a year or two old and has the yellow legs you see on both juveniles and non breeding adults. They get their full adult plumage in the third year. If you look
by Terry Costales
(106 of 126) This is a photograph of a pair of Mallards nesting on a concrete outcropping that is part of this canal lock. The roar of the water as it leaves the lock and close proximity to boats going by
by Terry Costales
(107 of 126) This was taken in early May and shows a fledgling night heron that has fallen out of it's nest. It took shelter next to a fence that was only a few feet from a path. I hope everyone knew to leave
by Terry Costales
(108 of 126) 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.
Barn Swallow (383 views)
by Terry Costales
(109 of 126) This picture was taken moments after the one I posted yesterday. It's a small bird, about 7 inches long, and was singing its little heart out. I only saw a couple of barn swallows that day, but
by Terry Costales
(110 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?
Great Blue Heron (366 views)
by Terry Costales
(111 of 126) This is a photo of the heron taking off as the boat got too close for comfort.
Jackdaw (355 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.
Eurasian Coot (402 views)
by Terry Costales
(113 of 126) The most obvious difference between the Eurasian Coot and the American coot is the larger white face shield. The coots were very numerous in Hyde Park and seemed to behave just like the coots I'm
by Terry Costales
(114 of 126) These are just the cutest but strange little dogs. Owners of French Bulldogs call their dogs Frenchies and I actually saw quite a few in France.
by Terry Costales
(115 of 126) The moorhen is a very commonly found bird in England, Europe and the States. Even so, I had never seen one before this day in Hyde Park. Moorhens are related more to Coots than to ducks. Moorhens
by Terry Costales
(116 of 126) Here is a cormorant in its classic drying off pose. The name "double-crested" is insired by the tufts of white feathers over the eyes that only appear in breeding season.
by Terry Costales
(117 of 126) I know this should be the Animalblog, but my only son, Dieter, got married this Sunday! Here is Dieter with his beautiful wife, Lizzy. My Congratulations and Best Wishes to them both.
by Terry Costales
(118 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
(119 of 126) This is a close-up of a typical nest with the adult peering out. Mud gathering has made its bill appear lighter than it actually is.
by Terry Costales
(120 of 126) This photo caught a sleepy juvenile unaware of the camera. Like yesterday's photo, I love the narrow field of focus.
by Terry Costales
(121 of 126) I generally prefer to photograph individual birds or pairs. But sometimes the flock can prove just as beautiful.
Warthog (794 views)
by Terry Costales
(122 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.
Western Grebe (344 views)
by Terry Costales
(123 of 126) An adult Western Grebe amid ripples and bubbles.
by Terry Costales
(124 of 126) On July 16th I was surprised to see a young coot with its parent. I hadn't been to this location in a while and I had missed seeing the coot chick when it was small. That's one of the attractions of
Hawk with Prey (355 views)
by Terry Costales
(125 of 126) This hawk unaware that it was Thanksgiving morning, none the less, enjoyed the holiday while helping the city lessen its vermin problem.
Great Egret flying (548 views)
by Terry Costales
(126 of 126) To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.
Tortoise (549 views)
by Terry Costales
(1 of 126) These two large tortoises ambled about and were not as sluggish as one might expect. I dont know which species of tortoise this is because I forgot to photograph the sign.
by Terry Costales
(2 of 126) This is a photo of a soft-shelled turtle. Unlike the numerous red-eared sliders, this was the only soft-shelled turtle I saw that day.
Young Night Heron (411 views)
by Terry Costales
(3 of 126) This photo was taken early in May. There were 4 or 5 young ones about this size on the ground all within the fenced in area. Sometimes one of them would clamber up into a bush, but mostly they sat
by Terry Costales
(4 of 126) What a face. A puppy and a kitten sleeping together in a basket couldn't be cuter than this! Visit the San Francisco Zoo whenever you can.
by Terry Costales
(5 of 126) This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color. They really seem to
by Terry Costales
(6 of 126) This is the trio of nestlings from yesterday's blog. Mom swoops in, holds on to the nest with her feet, uses her wings to stay balanced and feeds them on the fly, as it were. They set up a clamor
Irish Dog (344 views)
by Terry Costales
(7 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
(8 of 126) Of course England has it's fair share of "flying rats". For some reason this one in Hyde Park seemed more like an actual bird to me than just feathered vermin. I'm sure if I was there long enough
Tiger (336 views)
by Terry Costales
(9 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.
by Terry Costales
(10 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
by Terry Costales
(11 of 126) When I first saw this duck I thought it was a Canvasback . Later, I realized only its basic coloration was the same. The Pochard is not found here in the States. It's closest relative, in
by Terry Costales
(12 of 126) This female Killdeer is standing over eggs in its "nest." Three eggs are actually present but only one is clearly visible. Even the clearly visible one is very well camouflaged. It is reputed their
by Terry Costales
(13 of 126) The face of an Australian bird which is odd, but compelling.
by Terry Costales
(14 of 126) The red-ruffed lemur is a pretty big animal. I love watching them interact with one another. This one looks like he was wringing his paws with glee after stealing a tasty treat.
by Terry Costales
(15 of 126) The flamingos were just waking up, looking beautifully exotic in the morning light.
by Terry Costales
(16 of 126) When the brown and white penguin is done molting it will become black and white, just like its companion.
by Terry Costales
(17 of 126) This little bird was fast and wary and did not want its picture taken. Persistent stalking wins the day (and the photo).
by Terry Costales
(18 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.
Reindeer (356 views)
by Terry Costales
(19 of 126) The quintessential Christmas animal.
by Terry Costales
(20 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
(21 of 126) This shows all the markings you would look for in identifying this bird in the breeding season. The lacy plumes on the back and the green/blue "mask" that extends from the base of the bill to the
Young Night Herons (333 views)
by Terry Costales
(22 of 126) This picture was taken in early May and these two seem a little older than the other fledglings I saw. They have gotten big enough to come out of the nest and perch on the branches nearby.
by Terry Costales
(23 of 126) Pickleweed makes even a little sparrow look good.
Canada Goose (310 views)
by Terry Costales
(24 of 126) This goose is very widespread and commonly found in the wild, and at almost any park that has a pond, lake or marsh. There are many other species of ducks , shorebirds , and terns found at the
by Terry Costales
(25 of 126) This picture was taken late May of this year. This is a very active bird so I was surprised and delighted to see it perch long enough for me to photograph it. The Barn Swallow is the only American
by Terry Costales
(26 of 126) This gorgeous male pheasant was much too tame for its own good. It came right up to me looking for hand-outs.
by Terry Costales
(27 of 126) The Grey Heron is very similar to the larger Great Blue Heron we have in California. This one seems to be in full breeding plumage. It was the only heron I saw in Hyde Park and was standing on one
by Terry Costales
(28 of 126) The hippos I've seen in other zoos have been rather lethargic. But the two hippos in this pool were very active, swimming, diving with a great splash, surfacing again, over and over. They attracted
by Terry Costales
(29 of 126) This photo was taken the last day of May. Nine days earlier there were no visible signs of chicks, although you could hear them peeping. On this day there were many little heads framed in the
by Terry Costales
(30 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
by Terry Costales
(31 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
Killdeer in Flight (575 views)
by Terry Costales
(32 of 126) Killdeer are a shy and fast bird. Consequently I rarely get a good shot of one. I was lucky this day to get that elusive shot.
Crow (327 views)
by Terry Costales
(33 of 126) Long to soar, Long to fly away. Leave it all behind? Or rush forward to start anew? Wind and feathers obey the heart.
by Terry Costales
(34 of 126) The bird on the left is a young adult who won't achieve the look of the mature bird on its right for another year.
by Terry Costales
(35 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
Hawk (318 views)
by Terry Costales
(36 of 126) Disturbed by photographer, the Thanksgiving hawk fled to higher ground.
Goeldi's Monkey (347 views)
by Terry Costales
(37 of 126) As I have mentioned before, monkeys are not my favorite animals. That said however, this guy was little, cute and the afternoon sun made for a shot I couldn't resist. Goeldi's Monkeys live in the
by Terry Costales
(38 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
Peafowl (363 views)
by Terry Costales
(39 of 126) This female peafowl, called a peahen, was well camouflaged. She was just off the paved path and dozens of people passed within two feet of her and never realized she was there. I noticed her
by Terry Costales
(40 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.
by Terry Costales
(41 of 126) This picture was taken in late April of this year and shows this gorgeous Snowy Egret bringing a twig back to the nest as an offering to his mate. Their distinguishing marks are the black legs,
Great Egret (421 views)
by Terry Costales
(42 of 126) I was fascinated to watch this egret hunt . He moved very patiently and slowly, then his head would dart into the shallow water and he would come up with a little fish. It must take a lot of little
by Terry Costales
(43 of 126) The namesake tail.
Parade Horse (353 views)
by Terry Costales
(44 of 126) The face of a horse can be very fascinating. Such a large animal, capable of such force and power, yet with such gentle eyes it just makes one sigh. This picture is a Police horse patiently
by Terry Costales
(45 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
by Terry Costales
(46 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.
Red-tailed Hawk (488 views)
by Terry Costales
(47 of 126) There are many hawks living in the Delta, doing their part to keep the circle of life rolling.
Great Egret (398 views)
by Terry Costales
(48 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.
by Terry Costales
(49 of 126) I didn't see a pheasant when I looked at this tree, only the Egret. As the boat drew nearer to the tree the pheasant burst out, startling the egret and me. I tried to get a shot of them as they flew
Zoe the Vizsla (395 views)
by Terry Costales
(50 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.
by Terry Costales
(51 of 126) These large egrets are graceful and breathtaking in flight. I watched this bird flying back and forth several times bringing nesting material back to it's mate. There was only one pair that I saw
Male Lion Sleeping (759 views)
by Terry Costales
(52 of 126) Here is a photo of a lion doing what a lion does best.
Great Egret (525 views)
by Terry Costales
(53 of 126) The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.
Bongo (379 views)
by Terry Costales
(54 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.
English Sparrow (349 views)
by Terry Costales
(55 of 126) I don't usually photograph English Sparrows because it is common knowledge what this introduced species looks like. I like this shot not so much for the subject, but for the shot itself. The narrow
by Terry Costales
(56 of 126) Here is a meerkat enjoying a good scratch and, as you can see, he has the nails for it. Meerkats have been popular since the movie "The Lion King" which had a meerkat as a funny side-kick
Great Egret (410 views)
by Terry Costales
(57 of 126) I think I am addicted to taking shots of flying egrets.
by Terry Costales
(58 of 126) In all my visits to this area over the past year, I finally captured a decent shot of a Harrier. Up until now, they have always been too distant and too fast.
by Terry Costales
(59 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
by Terry Costales
(60 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
by Terry Costales
(61 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
by Terry Costales
(62 of 126) This is a real Mother Goose watching over a few of her very large brood. Mother Goose as a person in literature has been around for a very long time. There is even a Mother Goose Society and
by Terry Costales
(63 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
Weezy the Rooster (318 views)
by Terry Costales
(64 of 126) Weezie was supposed to be a hen. He was picked at random out of bin of Barred Plymouth Rock chicks, 90% guaranteed to be female. As you can see Weezie turned out to not be female. He grew up to
Savannah Sparrow (326 views)
by Terry Costales
(65 of 126) Fall colors provide a wonderful background for this little sparrow.
by Terry Costales
(66 of 126) I took this photo April 4th of this year while in London. I didn't know what it was at the time but I knew I had never seen this duck before. I was quite taken with the brilliant gold of it's head.
White Horse (464 views)
by Terry Costales
(67 of 126) Hyde Park is a large London park with much to offer visitors. Kids played soccer on the lawns. People paddled boats. Couples strolled the many paths in and around the Serpentine This photo is of
French Donkeys (350 views)
by Terry Costales
(68 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.