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hotshoe



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 14 2014,19:17   

That's a creepy picture of a seal.  Elephant seal at Año Nuevo?

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 15 2014,21:33   

Piedras Blancas, which became an active rookery about 20 years ago (possibly individuals which found Año Nuevo too crowded as the species recovered after receiving protection).  The Piedras Blancas population is much larger, and there's a boardwalk that takes you within 20 feet or so of the beach, and often there are elephant seals close enough to shoot with a 200mm or 300mm lens, including moms with pups.

  
hotshoe



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 16 2014,13:07   

Quote (dhogaza @ Feb. 15 2014,21:33)
Piedras Blancas, which became an active rookery about 20 years ago (possibly individuals which found Año Nuevo too crowded as the species recovered after receiving protection).  The Piedras Blancas population is much larger, and there's a boardwalk that takes you within 20 feet or so of the beach, and often there are elephant seals close enough to shoot with a 200mm or 300mm lens, including moms with pups.

Sounds like it's worth a special trip.  The interesting activity is mostly Jan and Feb, and I can't get there this month, so I'll have to remember to put it on my calendar for next year.

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 16 2014,21:27   

From today …


  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 17 2014,14:02   

There otter be a law!

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 17 2014,18:53   

Another I took an hour or so after the otter …



Least sandpiper for those who think such things are important :)

  
Arctodus23



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 20 2014,09:45   



Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

Loxodonta africana drinking.

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timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,19:20   


Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) suburban Sydney, Australia

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,19:38   


Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis) Tumut, New South Wales

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,20:16   


New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) Tumut, New South Wales

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,20:54   


Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) Tumut, New South Wales

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,20:57   


Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Tumut, New South Wales

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2014,23:07   


Juvenile New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) Tumut, New South Wales

  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 09 2014,03:15   


See the forest in the trees - patterns from Sydney's botanic gardens

  
DaveH



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 09 2014,10:15   

An old photo, but always worth showing for the sake of the comedy potential of the name...

Great tits


Just posted to draw attention to the amazing bit of research about these guys' evolutionary arms race with the pied flycatcher. Carl Zimmer has a summary here . Information Parasites? Who knew? (Except for IDC-ists, obviously....)

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 09 2014,16:05   

OK, here's thursday's obligatory bird photo, a juvie white-throated sparrow (a bit uncommon in these parts):


  
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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 10 2014,13:22   

Quote (dhogaza @ Mar. 09 2014,16:05)
OK, here's thursday's obligatory bird photo, a juvie white-throated sparrow (a bit uncommon in these parts):

Nice shot! But it's not Thursday here

In the spirit of posting pictures from days ahead or behind, here's a Banded Rail (aka Buff-banded Rail) that I found in New Zealand early this year. I was in tomorrow (relative to where I usually am) when I took this  :)



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Albatrossity2



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 28 2014,09:58   

had a flock of Cedar Waxwings visit the birdbath a week or so ago. Here's one of them, waiting his turn.



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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 28 2014,11:28   

That's a beauty of a shot!

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Robin



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 28 2014,13:16   

Incredible shot Alby! Wow!

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Learned Hand



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 28 2014,15:29   

Yes, that waxwing shot is lovely.

Here's a little fellow (or lady?) from my backyard:


  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: April 07 2014,02:45   


White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae, Dangar Island, New South Wales. This is reportedly the most common species of heron in Australia.

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: April 07 2014,15:50   

Here's last evening's obligatory insufferably cute sea otter mom and pup photo.  Mom caught the crab, as you can see the pup snatched a leg.  Two mom-and-pup pairs feed in the same place almost every evening in the Moss Landing lagoon and I can't get enough of them, not to mention the marbled godwits, long-billed curlews, willets, dowichers, peeps, white pelicans, red-breasted mergansers, cormorants and the like that hang out on the mudflats nearby.


  
timothya



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(Permalink) Posted: April 09 2014,05:47   


Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Brooklyn, New South Wales

  
dhogaza



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(Permalink) Posted: April 12 2014,09:22   

Another snapshot taken yesterday … look closely and you can barely see a red jacket reflected in the water coating the whale's rostrum.


  
Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2014,17:12   

That's just schweet.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 19 2014,11:05   

Hey Wesley, did we ever get some cool scar pics from that time Diane beat up that alligator?

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: April 19 2014,14:36   

I've got pictures of the wounds. Not so much of the scars. Diane's actually a bit disappointed that the healing has been so good that it is tough to see the scars now.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2014,05:52   

No doubt. After that, she at least deserves some cool battle scars.

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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: April 20 2014,06:09   

Had a few chances to be out last week. Prepare for some cuteness overload.

Carolina Chickadees are super cute, I think.



Carolina Chickadee by Lou FCD, on Flickr

First really unambiguous shots of a Wilson's Plover:



Wilsons Plover by Lou FCD, on Flickr



Wilsons Plover by Lou FCD, on Flickr

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are cute, too



Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And my first shots of a Least Tern, some very tiny little dudes



Least Tern by Lou FCD, on Flickr



Least Tern by Lou FCD, on Flickr

And two of three White-winged Scoters that flew by just before dawn. Not as cute, but new for the life-lists.



White-winged Scoters by Lou FCD, on Flickr

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