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Animalblog for May 08, 2010 (68 of 189) <<-first last->> slideshow <-previous next->
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) (550 views)
Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California
(Photo posted Saturday 8 May, 2010)

(Photo taken 09:54:42 Friday 12 March, 2010)

© 2010 Terry Costales
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This photo of a Brandt's Cormorant preening shows the decorative white plumes they acquire during the breeding season. external link

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(76 of 189) The arboretum gardeners really knew what they were doing. These Swan River Daisies were bloomed in wild profusion.
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(78 of 189) The King contemplated freedom.
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(79 of 189) The Spectacled Bear is the only bear that comes from South America. I hope this unique and beautiful endangered bear survives.
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(81 of 189) This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,
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