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Reindeer (427 views)
(2007) San Francisco Zoo, California
Photo Posted Saturday, December 8, 2007

© 2007 Terry Costales
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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
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(36 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
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(37 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
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(38 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
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(39 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
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(40 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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(41 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
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(42 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.
Flamingos (419 views)
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(43 of 126) This photo reminds me of peach colored roses in a garden, ready to unfurl.
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(44 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,
Hawk with Prey (422 views)
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(45 of 126) This hawk unaware that it was Thanksgiving morning, none the less, enjoyed the holiday while helping the city lessen its vermin problem.
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(46 of 126) This gorgeous male pheasant was much too tame for its own good. It came right up to me looking for hand-outs.
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(47 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
Killdeer in Flight (651 views)
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(48 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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(49 of 126) I hate to give away the secret behind this shot but, in actuality, this ferocious tiger is merely yawning.
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(50 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
Boxer Puppy (502 views)
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(51 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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(52 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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(53 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
White Horse (531 views)
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(54 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
Great Blue Heron (427 views)
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(55 of 126) This is a photo of the heron taking off as the boat got too close for comfort.
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(56 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.
Young Night Herons (380 views)
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(57 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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(58 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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(59 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.
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(60 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
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(61 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
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(62 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.
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(63 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.
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(64 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
Eurasian Coot (462 views)
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(65 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
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(66 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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(67 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.
Tiger (385 views)
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(68 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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(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.
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(70 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.
Young Canada Geese (513 views)
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(71 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.
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(72 of 126) Pickleweed makes even a little sparrow look good.
Baby Elephant (438 views)
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(73 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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(74 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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(75 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
Irish Dog (388 views)
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(76 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
Red-eared Slider (573 views)
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(77 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
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(78 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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(79 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.
Savannah Sparrow (370 views)
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(80 of 126) Fall colors provide a wonderful background for this little sparrow.
Crow (393 views)
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(81 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.
Red-tailed Hawk (534 views)
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(82 of 126) There are many hawks living in the Delta, doing their part to keep the circle of life rolling.
Harbor Seal (581 views)
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(83 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
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(84 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.
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(85 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
Parade Horse (418 views)
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(86 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
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(87 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.
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(88 of 126) This little bird was fast and wary and did not want its picture taken. Persistent stalking wins the day (and the photo).
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(89 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
Bongo (443 views)
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(90 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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(91 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.