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2008 Animalblog for May 02, 2008 (92 of 94) <<-first last->> slideshow <-previous next->
Butterfly (557 views)
(2008) Wilhema Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany
Photo Posted Friday, May 2, 2008

© 2008 Terry Costales
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The Hall of Butterflies (Schmetterlingshalle)external link was one of my favorite spots in the Zoo.

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Irish Wolfhound (526 views)
by Terry Costales
(93 of 94) The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest breed of dog. It's hard to imagine this extremely gentle animal being used in war, but war is the original use for which they were bred.
Standard Poodle (497 views)
by Terry Costales
(94 of 94) Beautiful poodle with a decent haircut and a colorful back.
by Terry Costales
(1 of 94) We saw a lot of these solitary herons on the trip. Although it's called bare throated, you can't see that detail in this flying shot.
by Terry Costales
(2 of 94) There was this one lone white pelican at the nature center that day. It was probably an injured bird being nursed back to health, or it just knew a good hand-out when it saw one.
Chinese Crested (663 views)
by Terry Costales
(3 of 94) It's an odd looking animal, but it's like any other dog, really.
by Terry Costales
(4 of 94) This prehistoric looking male Green Iguana appeared beautiful yet frightening.
by Terry Costales
(5 of 94) There are numerous Black River Turtles in the canals and rivers of Costa Rica. We stopped to view a caiman near the riverbank and this curious turtle came up to the boat. It was definitely used to
by Terry Costales
(6 of 94) There is a large breeding colony of Western Gulls on the island which is fenced in for their protection. There were a couple of chicks near us and my husband was able to get their photo.
by Terry Costales
(7 of 94) This photo was taken Sept 29, 2007. The Black Crowned Crane is an African bird and endangered by loss of habitat.
by Terry Costales
(8 of 94) This was the first Toucan I saw in Costa Rica. A keel-billed or Fruit Loops Toucan.
Heermann's Gull (527 views)
by Terry Costales
(9 of 94) This juvenile Heermann's gull exhibits its main identifying marks clearly: black feet, red bill and dusky body. As an adult, its head will become pure white.
by Terry Costales
(10 of 94) This poor Caiman probably wished he was invisible. As the boat came closer, he slowly moved from exposure on the mud bank and into the welcoming murky water.
by Terry Costales
(11 of 94) This is a swimming bear in the new Grizzly Gulch exhibit at the zoo. The zoo acquired two female Montana bears that were about to be euthanized. They had become too used to humans and couldn't be
by Terry Costales
(12 of 94) This juvenile was perched directly across the canal from the adult bird I posted on this blog yesterday.
Crow (657 views)
by Terry Costales
(13 of 94) This is not my typical bird photo. I usually prefer a close-up that reveals identifying marks of the species. But sometimes, you just get a cool shot.
Cormorant (565 views)
by Terry Costales
(14 of 94) This bird is resting on an urn placed next to a reflecting pool inside the Stuttgart Zoo. It isn't caged and flew in on its own. I witnessed many herons, storks and cormorants fly into various
by Terry Costales
(15 of 94) The Little Blue was the prettiest heron I saw in Costa Rica. Its body was blue, the neck a purplish color and it always appeared very graceful. We saw them in every region we visited.
by Terry Costales
(16 of 94) My first day in the woods I heard woodpeckers but only glimpsed them from a distance. My second day was more successful and I saw several. Not close-up but close enough for a photo.
by Terry Costales
(17 of 94) Here is a shot of the male from yesterday's posting which shows the unusual feather formation over his back.
by Terry Costales
(18 of 94) This photo shows the ruffled feathers on the back and white feathers edging the wings of the Black Swan.
by Terry Costales
(19 of 94) These little birds were everywhere. They were always on the move, hopping, flitting, hanging upside down and really fun to watch.
by Terry Costales
(20 of 94) On the bank was a gorgeous male basilisk. Observe from the color change that he was still shedding his skin.
by Terry Costales
(21 of 94) A female basilisk showed up at breakfast looking for a handout of food scraps. The kitchen staff were pleased to see it and urged us to give it food. Not a good thing for the lizard but very
by Terry Costales
(22 of 94) While canoeing to a nearby lagoon, we happened upon a flock of little blue herons taking flight. I originally thought the white one was another species but later discovered it did belong in the
by Terry Costales
(23 of 94) When the Jacanas fly they display bright yellow patches on their wings. Despite there being so many of them, we never got a shot of one flying They are known for "walking on water", because their
by Terry Costales
(24 of 94) We saw many wood rails and like the clapper rails, they are quite shy and quickly melt into the background as soon as they realize they are being noticed.
Flamingos (542 views)
by Terry Costales
(25 of 94) Maybe I should have posted this on Valentines Day. It's either affection or defense of territory.
by Terry Costales
(26 of 94) Wood storks are common in this area, unlike the Jabiru. They aren't as tall as the Jabiru but equal them in their unusual appearance.
by Terry Costales
(27 of 94) Up close and personal with a curious ostrich.
by Terry Costales
(28 of 94) Amazing!! What a thrill!! Segways rock!
by Terry Costales
(29 of 94) Unlike yesterday's bright green plumed basilisk, this brown one has a yellow stripe. Here the male shows off his crest.
by Terry Costales
(30 of 94) This is a very cute little diving bird . When they come up after a dive they puff up their posterior so it looks like a big powder puff. Then right before they dive, they bring those feathers close
by Terry Costales
(31 of 94) Our guide Jaime was very excited to see these migratory Jabiru because they were a very rare sight. Jabiru are storks which stand four and a half feet tall. The ones we saw were sedate and seemed
by Terry Costales
(32 of 94) Yesterday's posting showed storks nesting in a tree. Here is a photo showing storks nesting on top of a building that was in the Stuttgart Zoo.
Grey Heron (629 views)
by Terry Costales
(33 of 94) The Grey Heron is the European version of our Great Blue Heron and quite plentiful in the city of Stuttgart. I saw this one in a large city park where I was lucky to get this in-flight shot. When
by Terry Costales
(34 of 94) This is the nest I referred to in my last blog.
by Terry Costales
(35 of 94) The Great Tit is the most numerous bird in the parks of Karlsruhe and is related to the bird of yesterdays' posting. The Great is a little larger and bolder.
by Terry Costales
(36 of 94) Although a large and very stately bird, this is actually the smallest variety of crane.
by Terry Costales
(37 of 94) It's breeding season again for the Night Herons and Snowy Egrets. Here is a Heron settling a property dispute with his Egret neighbor.
by Denver Welte
(38 of 94) Bald Eagles are very numerous in Dutch Harbor, where they live year round. They are used to people and you see them perched on dumpsters and piers, looking for an easy meal. Bald comes from the Old
by Terry Costales
(39 of 94) The mangrove tour's pilot and guide were very supportive of our photographic efforts. This little bird either flew away as soon as the boat moved close, or hid invisibly in the bushes. Nearr the
by Terry Costales
(40 of 94) Anhingas look a lot like cormorants. They differ in that they have straight not hooked bills, longer tails and necks, and have silver-white markings on their wings. This was a female. A male would
by Terry Costales
(41 of 94) This pair of woodpeckers stayed in the tops of very tall trees making them very hard to photograph. This shot has been cropped about 75%. The Great Spotted is larger, with a longer bill than the
by Terry Costales
(42 of 94) The light color of this bird indicates that it is a juvenile. The adult of this bird is all black. Neotropic is the only species of cormorant that resides in Costa Rica.
by Terry Costales
(43 of 94) There were many of these toucans in the forest surrounding the volcano. They traveled in small flocks and were easily seen and heard.
by Terry Costales
(44 of 94) The Fieldfare is about the size of an American Robin and its movements are similar. It took me quite a while to identify it as I had never heard of a Fieldfare before. According to Wikipedia the
by Terry Costales
(45 of 94) The lemurs at the zoo have a large natural exhibit that gives them many opportunities to climb, relax and relate to one another.
Greater Scaup (514 views)
by Terry Costales
(46 of 94) This is the female scaup. Much more muted in coloration than yesterdays male.
by Terry Costales
(47 of 94) Greater Scaups are very common in the Bay Area. This is a male.
by Terry Costales
(48 of 94) There were many male and female Goldeneyes out on the lake that day. This is a very handsome male. Goldeneyes are closely related to Buffleheads and are also found in Scotland and Great Britain.
by Terry Costales
(49 of 94) A large fledgling appears mesmerized by the camera.
by Terry Costales
(50 of 94) You only need to glimpse the bill of this bird to know exactly why it is called boat-billed.
by Terry Costales
(51 of 94) On my way breakfast I happened upon a hawk hunting near our room at the lodge. He had taken some small prey, yet he looked at me with little concern. A few seconds later he flew off. The word
by Terry Costales
(52 of 94) The male Bufflehead is a strikingly beautiful bird. There were several on the lake this summer-like day, having a good time diving to avoid the photographer.
by Terry Costales
(53 of 94) A caiman lived in the lodge marina and could almost always be seen hanging out in its far corner. We found out the marina staff were feeding it chicken scraps from the kitchen. I supppose feeding a
by Terry Costales
(54 of 94) I have seen many black-crowned night herons but this was the first yellow-crowned I'd ever seen. They reside in Costa Rica year round.
Butterfly (521 views)
by Terry Costales
(55 of 94) A rare opportunity to see and photograph these colorful creatures. Butterfly in German is Schmetterling.
Canvasback female (562 views)
by Terry Costales
(56 of 94) Here is the mate of yesterday's male Canvasback. She is in almost the exact same pose that he, but here you can see her paler, gentler colors.