The Magnificent Wood Duck

Ducks swim in lakes, ponds, rivers and oceans. They waddle around on the ground. Many display beautiful coloring. One of my favorites is the strikingly colored wood duck. They are a bit of an oddity among ducks; they perch and nest in trees. When the young have developed enough, the parents make them jump to the ground, without help, and waddle to the water to begin their life as a duck.

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More Common Views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

A few days ago, I shared some images of the less common sightings at these 2 major refuges on the Pacific Flyway. But, the usual suspects were there also. Today, I will share a few images from this set.

Regards,

Larry

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Birds and Flying Bugs

I want to share a few images from some recent walks around the American River Parkway near Folsom, CA. I’ve also included one from Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans. Nature provides some beautiful creatures for us to appreciate. I hope you enjoy these few.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of a California Towhee, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2017

California Towhee

 

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Hornbills

Image of Southern Ground Hornbill - Perspective 2

Southern Ground Hornbill

One of the many species of birds we saw while in South Africa were hornbills.  They are beautiful birds that cast a striking pose even when flying.  I hope you enjoy these images I am sharing.

Regards,

Larry

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Image of Yellow Billed Hornbill - Perspective 2

Pair of Yellow Billed Hornbills

Image of Red Billed Hornbill

Red Billed Hornbill

Image of Southern Ground Hornbill - Perspective 1

Pair of Southern Ground Hornbills

 

Image of Yellow Billed Hornbill - Perspective 1

Yellow Billed Hornbill

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African Penguin

African Penguin - Perspective 2

African Penguin – Perspective 2, Boulder Beach Penguin Sanctuary, Table Mountain National Park, Simon’s Town, South Africa, August 2016

The African Penguin is a species of penguin found in the waters surrounding southern Africa.  It is also known as the jackass penguin because of its donkey like bray.  Its numbers are declining and it is considered endangered.

South Africa has created a reserve for these penguins on Boulder Beach near Simon’s Town.  There is a nice boardwalk down to the beach and an observation platform for viewing.  The penguins meander around and come very close to you.  They were a lot of fun to watch.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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African Penguin - Perspective 6

African Penguin – Perspective 6

African Penguin - Perspective 5

African Penguin – Perspective 3

African Penguin - Perspective 1

African Penguin – Perspective 1

African Penguin - Perspective 4

African Penguin – Perspective 4

African Penguin - Perspective 3

African Penguin – Perspective 3

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Antelope

Waterbuck - Perspective 2

Waterbuck – Perspective 2, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

I learned on my trip that South Africa has no deer, only antelope.  I had never been curious enough to find out what the really is the difference between deer and antelope; they look mostly the same.  I learned that deer, as well as elk and moose, have antlers made of bone and are shed and regrown every year.  Antelope have horns which have a bony core covered by keratin.  Horns are not shed and regrown.  I did know that there were different varieties of antelope but, though I only saw a sample, I was really surprised at how many varieties there are.

A few weeks ago I published pictures of the beautiful kudu.  Today I am rounding out my collection with the tiny duiker and steenbok, the klipspringer (rock jumper), the ubiquitous impala, the bontebok, the hartebeest and the big, beautiful waterbuck.

I hope you enjoy these images.

Regards,

Larry

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Duiker

Duiker, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Impala Herd

Impala Herd, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Waterbuck - Perspective 3

Waterbuck – Perspective 3, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Steenbok - Perspective 1

Steenbok- Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Steenbok - Perspective 2

Steenbok, Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Klipspringer

Klipspringer (Rock Jumper), Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Bontebuck

Bontebuk, South Africa, August 2016

Hartebeast

Hartebeest, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

 

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