This 3’/1m iguana is missing its right front hand. It most have happend quite a while age since it has survived growing to this size. I photographed it in a tree next to where I’m staying in Uvita, Costa Rica.

Macaw in Flight

Big Cats Lick their Paws Too

Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.

I’m Tired

A lion at the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

Cleaning my Tail

Giraffes take advantage of their long tongues. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.

dribble

After drinking water. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

Drinking Water

How does a giraffes get the water from it’s mouth to its stomach 10 or more feet away. According to the article, “How Do Giraffes Drink Water” in Inside Science. A biological plunger pump is used. “In the model proposed by the researchers, the giraffe’s lips form one valve of the “pump” while the animal’s epiglottis, located at the back of the mouth, is the other. To start, the giraffe sinks its puckered lips into the water and then pulls back its jaw, allowing water to rush into the mouth while keeping the epiglottis “valve” closed. Next, the giraffe clenches its lips, relaxes the epiglottis, and pumps its jaw so that the captured water is pushed into the esophagus.” Here is the link to the article: https://www.insidescience.org/news/how-do-giraffes-drink-water

King of the Lions

Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

Crabbing #4

Seagull eating crab's leg
Even the crab’s leg is eaten. No cracking tool just straight down the throat. Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Crabbing #3

seagull eat crab
This seagull caught this crab and brought it to the rocky shore. It dropped it and began tearing the meat from the crab’s underside. I took this photo on the Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing (cont.)

Seagull holding crab
The seagull has landed and will begin eating the crab it caught earlier. I photographed this on the Salmon River Estuary, north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Crabbing

Seagull flying with crab
The seagull just grabbed this crab and was flying to a dry spot to eat it. Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City Oregon.

Two Seals or its reflection

seals or a reflection
I took this photo on the Salmon River Estuary north of Lincoln City, Oregon.

Bringing a Small Fish Home

Osprey flying with fish to nest
The osprey parent is bringing a fish for its fledgling to practice carrying. The fish is small complete with its head. My last posting had the fledgling flying above the nest with the fish in its talons.

Learning to fly with a fish

Trying to fly
This fledgling osprey has picked up the fish that its mother has dropped in the nest and trying to fly with it – all part of the learning process.

Growing

This eyas osprey is growing rapidly. The other eyas is under the shade of its parent. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Leaving the Nest with Two Watching

Osprey flying from the nest while to babies look on.
Two eyases have their heads down, and all we can see is their eyes peeking out from the nest. I took this at Sonoma Lake, Sonoma County, CA.

Sibling Rivalry (3 – 3)

sibling aggression.
The osprey eyas, who was the original aggressor seems to be cringing under the aggressive behavior of its sibling. The parent seems to be finally responding. When I first viewed the newly born birds there were three eyases. The aggression of its siblings may have resulted in its death. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Sibling Rivalry (2 of 3)

osprey sibling aggression
The osprey eyas on the right responds aggressively to his sibling’s aggression. The parent seems unconcerned. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.

Sibling Rivalry

2 baby osprey arguing
When observing birds, it is not unusual to see conflict take place. It could be territorial or over food. In a nest, young birds such as these two osprey eyases are in conflict for who will dominate and get more food. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California.
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