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Masked Boobies: Rose Atoll Part Two

The Masked Booby is such an elegant bird however the young are endearing and almost comical – as the first two photographs show.  There were a few chicks and juveniles on Rose Island and I saw several adults flying.  The young were … Continue reading

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Some Spring Birds at Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary, San Diego

          Every Spring I try to visit Silverwood wildlife Sanctuary run by San Diego Audubon.  This is a very species reserve of over 750 acres near Lakeside.  There is an observation area close to the entrance … Continue reading

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Wildflowers of Wildcat Canyon

On a beautiful day in May this year I went birding in Silverwood Reserve near Wildcat Canyon, (San Diego Audubon).  I am going to post  photographs of some of the birds I saw  but I could not resist showing you some … Continue reading

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Rattlesnake waits for Prey

I have always been fascinated by snakes and so I was delighted to see a Speckled (I think) Rattlesnake move across from one resting place to another when I visited Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary in San Diego County in May. The … Continue reading

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Chinstrap Penguins, Antarctic Peninsula December 31st 2013

These agile birds with delicate markings are my favorite penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula.  I love the ‘chinstrap’ that seems to make them smile all the time!  I took many photographs and wanted to share some that I took on … Continue reading

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Aggressive Great Blue Heron

Late yesterday afternoon in the fading light at San Elijo Lagoon I stopped by for a quick visit. I was rewarded by some wonderful Great Blue Heron behavior.  I was watching a gull eating a fish on the mudflat when … Continue reading

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Leopard Seals In Antarctica

I was totally unprepared for Leopard Seals – so unlike any other seal I had ever seen.  Fierce predators of the Antarctic they can be seen lying on ice floes resting between hunts. They have long necks with large mouths … Continue reading

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Bufflehead

The bufflehead is one of my favorite waterfowl.  I saw a male this afternoon on San Elijo lagoon by the coast here north of San Diego. They nest in trees in Northern forests – usually the old nests of the … Continue reading

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A Wet and Windy afternoon at San Elijo Lagoon

Yesterday I went to San Elijo Lagoon between Cardiff and Solana Beach, California. There were heavy showers all day long and bouts of glorious sunshine and rainbows.  The rain made everything shine and there was new growth from recent rains … Continue reading

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Invasive Bugs at Home

I wondered why many  leaves on the avocado tree in my yard were getting brown blotches.  I carefully shook some leaves over a large plastic dish.  Several tiny transparent insects started crawling around the dish and I took some photographs. … Continue reading

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