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Vintage Cars

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by Bryan Costales

In 1963, contemporary cars (whereas now vintage cars) were parked diagonally on a hill facing a building on the Presidio grounds. A man (perhaps a workman) reached into the back of a parked pickup truck.

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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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Black-crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

This bedraggled juvenile black-crowned night heron was perched on the dock near the boat we were going to use. I hoped it wasn't a harbinger of how our trip would turn out.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.

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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

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by Terry Costales

An adult night heron in full breeding plumage showing off its pink legs which are yellow the rest of the year.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

A flock of pelicans flying in typical formation with Anacapa island in the background.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

(236 views)
by Terry Costales

This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,

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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

To our left as we exited the harbor and entered the slough, we saw an old pier covered with sea lions. We slowly motored past them. It was quite satisfying to be at their level and so close to them. I feel like I ended up with a family portrait instead of a wildlife photo.

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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

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

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

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by Terry Costales

This killdeer tried to lure me away from her nest and eggs fluttering her wings as if injured. Ironically, the only reason I knew her nest was nearby was because of the mother killdeer's behavior. She faked being hurt and then looked back to see if I was buying it.

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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

(230 views)
by Terry Costales

Natural Bridges Park was sunny and bright that day, which brought out the colors of the birds and water. In contrast, he following day was overcast with afternoon rain.

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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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David Graves

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by Terry Costales

My dashing brother manned the wheel of the Tourmalina. However, he is a man of many talents and helped out in other ways as well.

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Lion (Panthera leo)

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by Terry Costales

The King contemplated freedom.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

(230 views)
by Terry Costales

Catching the afternoon sun, the master of the grasses rests in its domain.

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Capped Heron

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by Terry Costales

A typical view of the jungle's edge as seen from the boat as we motored past.

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Killdeer eggs

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by Terry Costales

This was the second killdeer nest I'd found. The first one was on gravel and this one on flowerbed mulch. Both times the nests were easily overlooked and the eggs hard to spot.

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