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Killdeer eggs (587 views)
(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary
Photo Posted June 3, 2007

© 2007 Terry Costales
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This is a photo of three very well camouflaged eggs in a Killdeer "nest." Because Killdeer often lay their eggs on gravelexternal link, the parking lot at the sanctuary had become a favorite nesting spot for them. Unfortunately a parking lot is a dangerous place for eggs, which leads to much failure for the Killdeer who lay eggs there.

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by Terry Costales
(126 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
Caged Tiger (418 views)
by Terry Costales
(1 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
Small Shorebird (406 views)
by Terry Costales
(2 of 126) A small shorebird, about 4-6 inches long, was perched on a rock. I don't know what kind it is.
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(3 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 (522 views)
by Terry Costales
(4 of 126) There are many hawks living in the Delta, doing their part to keep the circle of life rolling.
Jackdaw (394 views)
by Terry Costales
(5 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
(6 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
(7 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
by Terry Costales
(8 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
(9 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.
by Terry Costales
(10 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
by Terry Costales
(11 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.
Weezy the Rooster (359 views)
by Terry Costales
(12 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
Baby Elephant (418 views)
by Terry Costales
(13 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.
by Terry Costales
(14 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
(15 of 126) When Canada Geese trumpet their arrival while flying directly overhead, no-one could possibly pass up the opportunity to photograph them.
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(16 of 126) The face of an Australian bird which is odd, but compelling.
White Horse (516 views)
by Terry Costales
(17 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
by Terry Costales
(18 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
Bongo (428 views)
by Terry Costales
(19 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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(20 of 126) 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
by Terry Costales
(21 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
(22 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
(23 of 126) This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.
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(24 of 126) When the brown and white penguin is done molting it will become black and white, just like its companion.
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(25 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?
by Terry Costales
(26 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
Killdeer in Flight (633 views)
by Terry Costales
(27 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.
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(28 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
Young Canada Geese (490 views)
by Terry Costales
(29 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.
Barn Swallow (426 views)
by Terry Costales
(30 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
(31 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.
Savannah Sparrow (356 views)
by Terry Costales
(32 of 126) Fall colors provide a wonderful background for this little sparrow.
by Terry Costales
(33 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
Goeldi's Monkey (392 views)
by Terry Costales
(34 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
Boxer Puppy (484 views)
by Terry Costales
(35 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.
Hawk with Prey (403 views)
by Terry Costales
(36 of 126) This hawk unaware that it was Thanksgiving morning, none the less, enjoyed the holiday while helping the city lessen its vermin problem.
Eurasian Coot (445 views)
by Terry Costales
(37 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
Young Night Herons (362 views)
by Terry Costales
(38 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
(39 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
(40 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
(41 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.
Great Blue Heron (408 views)
by Terry Costales
(42 of 126) This is a photo of the heron taking off as the boat got too close for comfort.
by Terry Costales
(43 of 126) I hate to give away the secret behind this shot but, in actuality, this ferocious tiger is merely yawning.
by Terry Costales
(44 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
(45 of 126) This gorgeous male pheasant was much too tame for its own good. It came right up to me looking for hand-outs.
Flamingos (403 views)
by Terry Costales
(46 of 126) This photo reminds me of peach colored roses in a garden, ready to unfurl.
by Terry Costales
(47 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
(48 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
Great Egret flying (611 views)
by Terry Costales
(49 of 126) To get a shot of a graceful bird flying is always a coup.
by Terry Costales
(50 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.
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(51 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.
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(52 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
by Terry Costales
(53 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
English Sparrow (392 views)
by Terry Costales
(54 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
Irish Dog (375 views)
by Terry Costales
(55 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
(56 of 126) This little bird was fast and wary and did not want its picture taken. Persistent stalking wins the day (and the photo).
Zoe the Vizsla (446 views)
by Terry Costales
(57 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.
Male Lion Sleeping (824 views)
by Terry Costales
(58 of 126) Here is a photo of a lion doing what a lion does best.
by Terry Costales
(59 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.
Great Egret (457 views)
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(60 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.
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(61 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
Peafowl (409 views)
by Terry Costales
(62 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
(63 of 126) This photo caught a sleepy juvenile unaware of the camera. Like yesterday's photo, I love the narrow field of focus.
Canada Goose (353 views)
by Terry Costales
(64 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
(65 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
Tiger (370 views)
by Terry Costales
(66 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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(67 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
(68 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
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(69 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.