Oak Eggar — Peter’s Photo Journal

Lasiocampa quercus – I came across this striking hairy caterpillar as it crawled over a sea wall when I was on a visit to Llandudno, Wales. They do not feed on oak as the English name leads us to believe, but its cocoon looks much like an acorn. The hairs may cause skin irritation, which […]

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Kookaburra Day~ —

I spent the day with this guy as my constant companion. Wherever I went, there he was! There could be no better welcoming committee in the world. He even laughed! I basically fell head over heels. Kookaburras are carnivorous birds, so he wasn’t looking for food. He was just curious and friendly. You have to […]

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Colorful bufflehead — Mike Powell

I was thrilled Saturday when the sunlight illuminated the beautiful colors of this male Bufflehead duck (Bucephala albeola) as he was drying his wing feathers at the pond at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, Virginia. In the past I had gotten glimpses of the brilliant purple and green colors on the head of a bufflehead, […]

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Malibu Lagoon Monthly Field Trips: Sunday, 26 January, 8:30 & 10am. — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

The depths of Winter and loads of birds. It’s frightening how many there are. I don’t even want to think about it! 60 to 75 species likely. A quiet beach on a cool, quiet day. Dress in layers for cool weather, wind or fog. Some of the great birds we’ve had in January are: American Wigeon, […]

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Someone Called Me Lazy Today, I Almost Replied. — Through Open Lens

F/9.0, 1/125, ISO 100. California Sea Lions Why do seals swim in salt water? Because pepper water makes them sneeze! Interesting Fact: These pinnipeds live along the rocky Pacific Ocean coastlines of western North America. Huge colonies can be seen gathered on seaside rocks, and even on man-made structures, for breeding and for birthing. Males […]

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Indigo Bunting — Feathered Focus

Hey guys, welcome back! The color blue. It has a very interesting history. Pretty sure I mentioned it before, way back when we did blue jay. But the color blue is actually quite rare in nature. This is a pretty good video that briefly summarizes it. Blue is the first thing you see when you […]

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