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2007 Animalblog for October 07, 2007 (78 of 126) <<-first last->> slideshow <-previous next->
Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi) (683 views)
(2007) San Francisco Zoo
Photo Posted Sunday, October 7, 2007

© 2007 Terry Costales
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A beautiful Zebra external link 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?

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Western Grebe (388 views)
by Terry Costales
(79 of 126) An adult Western Grebe amid ripples and bubbles.
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(80 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.
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(81 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.
Sparrow (560 views)
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(82 of 126) A well camouflaged bird in the bush.
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(83 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
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(84 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
(85 of 126) This snowy owl at the Dublin Zoo was very quiet but, if it had spoken, it would have had an unusual voice.
Boxer Puppy (493 views)
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(86 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.
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(87 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
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(88 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
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(89 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.
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(90 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.
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(91 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
Great Blue Heron (415 views)
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(92 of 126) This is a photo of the heron taking off as the boat got too close for comfort.
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(93 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
Jackdaw (397 views)
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(94 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.
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(95 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
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(96 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.
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(97 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.
Horses at dawn (376 views)
by Terry Costales
(98 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 .
English Sparrow (398 views)
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(99 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
Small Shorebird (414 views)
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(100 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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(101 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.
Killdeer eggs (595 views)
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(102 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
Irish Dog (380 views)
by Terry Costales
(103 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
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(104 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
Peafowl (419 views)
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(105 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
Young Night Heron (458 views)
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(106 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
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(107 of 126) When the brown and white penguin is done molting it will become black and white, just like its companion.
Baby Elephant (425 views)
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(108 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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(109 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
Great Egret (587 views)
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(110 of 126) The Great Egret has just caught a small fish.
Barn Swallow (431 views)
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(111 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
Killdeer in Flight (640 views)
by Terry Costales
(112 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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(113 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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(114 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 (427 views)
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(115 of 126) I love this close-up of a flamingo on its nest. I never realized there eyes were so pale.
Young Night Herons (368 views)
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(116 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.
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(117 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
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(118 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
French Donkeys (401 views)
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(119 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.
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(120 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.
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(121 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
Celebes macaque (413 views)
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(122 of 126) Monkeys and apes aren't my favorite animals but this guy looked interesting. Cool hairdo.
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(123 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
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(124 of 126) This photo caught a sleepy juvenile unaware of the camera. Like yesterday's photo, I love the narrow field of focus.
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(125 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
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(126 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
(1 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
Warthog (891 views)
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(2 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.
Tiger (374 views)
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(3 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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(4 of 126) When Canada Geese trumpet their arrival while flying directly overhead, no-one could possibly pass up the opportunity to photograph them.
Hawk (353 views)
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(5 of 126) Disturbed by photographer, the Thanksgiving hawk fled to higher ground.
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(6 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.
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(7 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
White Horse (523 views)
by Terry Costales
(8 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
Weezy the Rooster (364 views)
by Terry Costales
(9 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