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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The African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle in Flight - Perspective 1

African Fish Eagle In Flight – Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

The African Fish Eagle was the most common large raptor we saw on our trip to South Africa.  It is a beautiful bird that is a cousin to our American Bald Eagle.  I learned from my friend Kevin that both the African Fish Eagle and the Bald Eagle belong to the family of fish eagles.  They are distinguished from the family of booted or true eagles by their legs.  True eagles have feathers on their lower legs.  I am a novice birder and never realized there were different types of eagles. By the way, our Golden Eagle is a snake eagle; yet another type.

Our most interesting encounter was watching a fish eagle being chased by a Blacksmith Lapwing.  I guess the eagle was too close to a nest.  It was fun watching it fend off numerous attacks.

I hope you enjoy these images of these magnificent birds,

Regards,

Larry

African FIsh Eagle Feeding - Perspective 1

African Fish Eagle Feeding – Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Feeding - Perspective 2

African Fish Eagle Feeding – Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack - Perspective 1

African Fish Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack – Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack - Perspective 2

African Fish Eagle Fending Lapwing Attack – Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

African FIsh Eagle and Great Egret

African Fish Eagle and Great Egret, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

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Elephants

Nuzzling

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

Today, 9/22, is National Elephant Appreciation Day; yes, really it is.  So, to celebrate, I decided to publish my elephant pics from South Africa.

Our elephant experience was interesting.  I learned that they are not subtle animals.  You only have to look at the broken brush, trees and branches as well as the trail of dung to know elephants have been through.  Elephants eat a lot but only digest a small portion of what they eat.  Their dung becomes a source of food for other animals.  At Addo Elephant National Park, they have signs warning you not to run over dung beetles because they are the clean-up crew and are an important part of the ecosystem.

I knew from documentaries that elephants are very protective of their young.  But, it was interesting to see it in action.  When elephants didn’t feel threatened, the calves romped and played.  At the first sign of threat, the adults herded the young in between them.  It is really neat to see this behavior firsthand.

I hope you enjoy my images of these fascinating creatures.

Regards

Larry

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Coming to the Water Hole - P1

Coming to the Water Hole – Perspective 1.  Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Coming to the Water Hole - P2

Coming to the Water Hole – Perspective 2. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Ready for a Swig

Ready for a Swig. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Calf at the Water Hole

Calf at the Water Hole. Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Elephant Calf

Elephant Calf. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Along the Game Trail - P1

Along the Game Trail – Perspective 1. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Along the Game Trail - P2

Along the Game Trail – Perspective 2. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Foraging at Sunset

Foraging at Sunset. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Calf at the Mud Hole

Calf at Mud Hole. Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Momma and Baby - P1

Momma and Baby – Perspective 1. Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016