Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna. The hummingbird feeder is full of hummingbirds feeding on sugar around dusk, as they stock up on energy to survive our cool February nights. While there may only be one or two hummingbirds at the feeder during the Summer, during the Winter there may be four or even as many as six hummingbirds sitting at or hovering around the feeder at any given time.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Snowy Egret, Egretta thula, San Elijo Preserve. This is the last thing a mud goby ever sees in his sad, mud skipping, invert eating existence. The egrets wade in the shallow water, waving their feet in little semi-circles above the mud. The moment one of those little gobies so much as twitches, bam. Bird food. This egret would catch the gobies in the tip of its beak and then toss them up like little peanuts, catching them in its gullet (a photo for another post).
Saturday, February 23, 2013
This post is for Hanny. I bought this hand made tenor a long, long time ago in Hawaii. It was apparently made by Joseph N. Souza III, rather than his quite famous luthier dad, under the Kau Wela brand name. It sounds better than any other tenor I've had a chance to play, including the Martin tenor...not that I would necessarily know. Joe Souza III is apparently a fireman with Ladder 17 for the Honolulu Fire Department; however, he appears to have also learned to make a real nice Uke from his Dad.
Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo variety intermieda (Rio Grande Subspecies), Santa Ysabel, California. As we were driving back from Santa Ysabel where we had partaken in some warm slices of apple pie and hot cocoa, we saw a huge flock of wild turkeys just to the right of the road. We pulled over and I walked back to try to get a shot of the flock. However, they were rather camera shy, choosing to fly across the street instead. I was a little worried that one would fly up just as a car was going by but they seemed to be keeping an eye on both me and the cars at the same time! Multi-tasking turkeys indeed!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans var. semiatra, taking a close look at me at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. The Black Phoebe is the only predominantly black flycatcher in North American and generally lives near water or in otherwise wet areas where there is mud available to build its nests with.
Striped Blowpipe Bamboo, Bambusa dolichoclada, in the late afternoon sun at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. This species is native to Taiwan and the variegated variety makes a great yard accent although it will spread fairly quickly.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Red-Eared Slider Turtles, Trachemys scripta elegans, out enjoying the sun. It is native to the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico but has since naturalized in many other areas where it outcompetes the native turtle species becoming, in some instances, an invasive species.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Roxburg Fig, Ficus auriculatus, San Diego Botanic Gardens. These figs are native to Southeast Asia. They are used for jams, jellies and curries in India and in salads in Vietnam. The figs start off reddish purple and then turn greenish as they mature.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, with an itch. You ever get that itch that you just can't reach? Imagine if you had to scratch with your feet! This marbled godwit was taking a break from hunting for crustaceans and worms in the sand and was happily resting on one foot until...that itch came about...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Two California Brown Pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis, in breeding plummage. These two are looking a little cozy. Wishing you and that special valentine all the best! -A
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, taking flight off of a National Park Service off-limits sign. It seems somehow appropriate that an endangered bird would be perched on an off-limits sign. The area in back of the sign is a nesting area for snowy plovers and California Least Terns in the Spring.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
a large wave came by and swept him back into the water.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Monday, February 04, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Grey whales are baleen whales, using their baleen combs to filter out krill, shrimp and small fish. Every December, they migrate annually from Alaska down through Mexico where they calve before returning north around March, young calves in tow. Grey whales once also populated the Altantic ocean, however, it is believed that human hunting has largely eliminated them from the Atlantic (as well as from the Asian coast of the Westerm Pacific where they is critically endangered).