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Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part III)

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The little green heron with his prize!

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The Heron Hunting (Part III)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part II)

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Part I.

The Heron Hunting (Part II)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting

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I spent probably half an hour watching this guy and taking his picture. I’m sure D thought I was nuts!

The Heron Hunting
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Drake in the Grass

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This guy was just a very stereotypical California dude — laid back, just kind of hanging out, working his tan in the sun.

The Drake in the Grass
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Lizard in the Mud

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Another garden, another lizard! I found this guy working hard on his pushups, which is a way that lizards communicate with each other. I wonder what he was trying to say to me.

The Lizard in the Mud
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Brown Pelican and His Stare

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At the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, there’s quite a lot of wildlife to see. Perhaps the most special is the Brown Pelican, a species that has been threatened by human activities. While D and I were there, there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, flying back and forth from the lagoon and the open sea. We sat on the beach where the ocean fed into the lagoon, I taking photos and he poking a stick at some unidentifiable organic matter he found floating in the water.

At one point, something in the lagoon startled them and they all took off, flying over our heads to the open sea, then back over our heads again to the lagoon to settle, at which point this guy looked down and seemed to stare right at us.

The Brown Pelican and His Stare
05 June 2008
Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu, CA

The Swan and his Wings

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So here’s the deal. If you ever see a swan coming at you who looks like this, you should not be a fool standing there taking its picture. Really.

Swans are probably the most aggressive bird, because it does have its size behind it.

As promised, here are some oldies but goodies:

The Seahorse in Silhouette
The Peacock on the Pavement
The Woodpecker in Wet, Wild Winter
The Duck Coming in for a Landing
The Seal in the Harbor

The Swan and his Wings
17 March 2009
Quogue Wildlife, NY

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