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Bewick's Wren

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by Terry Costales

A Bewick's wren popped in for a quick bite before dashing off again. A regular backyard visitor.

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Female Townsend's Warbler

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by Terry Costales

A male Townsend's warbler had been coming to the feeder for a couple of months but this was the first time I saw a female there.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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by Terry Costales

A female avocet sits on her eggs. When the tide comes in this nest will barely be above the water.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

A lone individual popped up out of the water after a dive for food. We suspected he has a clam grasped in his paws. Otters love shellfish.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

King of the mountain and he knows it.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Close up of a male sea lion. According to Wiki, "Zalophus californianus" means "Californian big-head" because a male grows a crest of bone on top of his head that causes a bulging forehead.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is another otter grooming or maybe he is thinking "oh, not another boatload of paparazzi!"

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

This is one otter trying to persuade another otter to share its meal. It wasn't very successful.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

This Capybara needs a good brushing.

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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)

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by Terry Costales

A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Harbor seals are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.

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Anna's Hummingbird

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by Terry Costales

A close-up of the hummingbird I posted yesterday.

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Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata)

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by Terry Costales

Four turtles sunned themselves just across the pond in the weak afternoon sunshine.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

The otter balanced his "plate" on his stomach while enjoying that last little morsel.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is an older otter, recognized by the light colored fur on its face. It is grooming itself after eating. Otters must have one of the cutest faces in the animal kingdom

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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

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by Terry Costales

A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome.

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