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Estrella de la Tierra Geastrum saccatum

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Septiembre 28, 2019 01:09 PM PDT

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Only the second Geastrum saccatum (Earthstar) I've ever seen, and in perfect condition this time

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Foca Común del Pacífico Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

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Septiembre 30, 2019 11:29 AM PDT

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This Harbor Seal swam right below us on the pier

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Kelp Gigante Macrocystis pyrifera

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wendy5

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Septiembre 19, 2019 10:03 AM PDT

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I was astounded by the holdfast of this Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp), about 2' diameter. This was the largest of three large holdfasts washed ashore. I don't know if it's a single holdfast or a tangle of several. @hfb?

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Pato Arcoíris Aix sponsa

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wendy5

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Agosto 24, 2019 12:02 PM PDT

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I think this may be a juvenile Wood Duck?

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Carpintero de Lewis Melanerpes lewis

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wendy5

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Julio 9, 2019 10:28 AM PDT

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We were delighted by three Lewis's Woodpeckers who were catching insects, large ones, then returning to the same tree.

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Elefante Marino Norteño Mirounga angustirostris

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wendy5

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Julio 13, 2019 07:22 PM PDT

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A huge male Elephant Seal on Protection Island, photographed with a zoom lens from at least 200 meters.

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Frailecillo Coletudo Fratercula cirrhata

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wendy5

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Julio 13, 2019 07:34 PM PDT

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One (maybe two?) Tufted Puffin near Protection Island.

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Julio 14, 2019 10:38 AM PDT

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One of three 1/2" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) photographed during the minus tide, each a different color.

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wendy5

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Julio 5, 2019 10:30 AM PDT

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The phenomenal Bothragonus swanii (Rockhead), found by my friend in a tide pool during a minus tide, a first for us. Andy Lamb wonders about the purpose of the hole in its head.

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wendy5

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Julio 1, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

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This poor Pugettia producta (Northern Kelp Crab) was covered in kelp! I wonder if the kelp attached to the carapace before or after it molted?

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Rana-de Coro del Pacífico Pseudacris regilla

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wendy5

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Junio 18, 2019 08:28 AM PDT

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Such amazing variety of coloration in the local Pseudacris regilla (Northern Pacific Treefrog).

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Arao Pichón Cepphus columba

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wendy5

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Junio 3, 2019 02:12 PM PDT

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Pigeon Guillemots were calling to each other with their heads tilted back. A courting ritual?

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wendy5

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Mayo 9, 2019 01:19 PM PDT

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Two huge meadows of Olsynium douglasii (Satin Flower), the first I'd ever seen!

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Estrella de Fuego Epidendrum radicans

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wendy5

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Febrero 13, 2019 03:56 PM PST

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A beautiful wild orchid near Arenal Volcano. Our naturalist guide called it the Spanish Flag orchid.

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Makech Zopherus jourdani

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2019 02:22 PM PST

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This 2" long beetle is a pale greenish color with bumps, some larger than most.

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Pelícano Pardo Pelecanus occidentalis

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wendy5

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Febrero 25, 2019 11:05 AM PST

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This area has abundant Brown Pelicans, many fishing close to shore, and others resting on trees on small islands.

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Cangrejo Playero Ocypode gaudichaudii

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wendy5

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Febrero 24, 2019 03:20 PM PST

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I was excited to find my first Painted Ghost Crab. Its carapace was quite small, only about 1" across. The second photo shows what a large area it sprays with sand in digging its hole. I waited a long time for it to emerge from its hole. They are very shy around people.

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Guaqueque Centroamericano Dasyprocta punctata

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wendy5

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Febrero 24, 2019 07:35 AM PST

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This is the first agouti that has permitted a photo. He was foraging on our hotel grounds, and I followed him from a distance, listening to his gnawing. Very sweet profile and a tiny tail! The second photo shows how easily he walks downhill.

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Pigua Milvago chimachima

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wendy5

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Febrero 24, 2019 09:57 AM PST

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This Yellow-headed Caracara flew down to the beach for a quick snack. What a magnificent bird!

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Mono Ardilla Saimiri oerstedii

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wendy5

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Febrero 23, 2019 02:47 PM PST

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A few Squirrel Monkeys, including one juvenile, leapt about on trees beside our hotel room. Hard to say how many-- four maybe. A White-throated Capuchin Monkey came and chased them away.

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Cariblanco Cebus capucinus

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wendy5

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Febrero 22, 2019 09:42 AM PST

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The White-throated Monkeys groomed each other intently, with very serious expressions.

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Momoto Corona Negra Momotus lessonii

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wendy5

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Febrero 19, 2019 02:51 PM PST

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This incredibly beautiful Blue-crowned Motmot posed on a tree for me in perfect lighting, and my camera didn't work. Fortunately a few seconds later it worked and I got these photos showing its beautiful feathers and facial markings.

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Febrero 14, 2019 01:33 PM PST

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This magnificent Chestnut-mandibled Toucan was one of a pair in a tree very close to our hotel.

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Pichí Bandeado Pteroglossus torquatus

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wendy5

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Febrero 13, 2019 02:43 PM PST

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This Collared Araçari was feeding on fruits/berries in a tree near the Arenal Volcano. My favorite bird.

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Saraguato de Manto Alouatta palliata

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wendy5

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Febrero 16, 2019 08:50 AM PST

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Three adult Howler Monkeys and one baby rested and moved around a bit in the trees above the beach.

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Momoto Cejas Azules Eumomota superciliosa

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wendy5

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Febrero 16, 2019 08:42 AM PST

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We were thrilled to finally find a Turquoise-browed Motmot, right above the beach.

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Armadillo de Nueve Bandas Dasypus novemcinctus

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2019 01:58 PM PST

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My second Nine-banded Armadillo in two days. This one had more pink on its skin. It reacted exactly the same way as the one yesterday-- foraging happily while I photographed, and then seeing me, and running away, terrified.

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Quetzal Mesoamericano Pharomachrus mocinno

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2019 07:18 AM PST

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Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

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I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals , a dream of mine for many years. This female was easier to photograph than the male.

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Quetzal Mesoamericano Pharomachrus mocinno

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2019 07:13 AM PST

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Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

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I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals, a dream of mine for many years. This male was hidden below a hanging bridge. I leaned onto my back and hung my camera over the side in order to get a photo. The other juvenile male I saw flew past us with no photo.

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Eufonia Garganta Amarilla Euphonia hirundinacea

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2019 10:07 AM PST

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Our first Yellow-crowned Euphonias, so spectacular. Poor bird has a hurt foot.

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Coatí Nasua narica

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wendy5

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Febrero 14, 2019 10:59 AM PST

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I was thrilled to see my first White-nosed Coati yesterday, and today there were about 20 roaming the grounds of our hotel, digging into the grass. The second photo shows the long claws.

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wendy5

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Febrero 15, 2019 04:12 PM PST

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I found one tide pool with about ten Dolabrifera dolabrifera, perfectly camouflaged.

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Febrero 12, 2019 07:14 AM PST

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The Broad-billed Motmot and the Rufous Motmot are similar, and we saw both.

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Mono Araña Centroamericano Ateles geoffroyi

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wendy5

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Febrero 12, 2019 07:53 AM PST

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About two dozen Spider Monkeys swung and foraged in the trees, including at least one mother with baby and a few juveniles.

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Pava Cojolita Penelope purpurascens

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wendy5

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Febrero 12, 2019 02:38 PM PST

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This morning we saw a pair of Crested Guans in profile with dawn light in a forest. This afternoon across the fence from the hotel property, I heard, then saw a pair fly into an enormous tree and got to see more detail. Amazing birds!

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Calamar Cuerno de Carnero Spirula spirula

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wendy5

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Febrero 7, 2019 10:04 AM PST

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This amazing little 1" shell appeared when we were cleaning trash from the beach!

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Mergo Cresta Blanca Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

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Enero 22, 2019 02:46 PM PST

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This Hooded Merganser must have had something itchy on its skin, as it kept preening and flapping its wings.

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Ballena Jorobada Megaptera novaeangliae

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wendy5

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Diciembre 1, 2018 12:55 PM PST

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A pair of Humpback Whales swam between Marrowstone and Whidbey Islands.

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Ardilla Roja Sciurus vulgaris

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wendy5

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Junio 5, 2018 01:08 AM PDT

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We felt incredibly lucky to see one Sciurus vulgaris (Eurasian Red Squirrel) in Grasmere, downtown in the early morning.

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wendy5

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Agosto 9, 2018 09:32 AM PDT

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We spotted three Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) today, bringing my total for the summer to about 25, many more than other summers.

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wendy5

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Abril 14, 2018 01:00 PM PDT

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I hope this is Pleurobrachia bachei (Sea Gooseberry), as it would be the first I've found! It was only about 1/2" across, like a clear marble.

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Águila Cabeza Blanca Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

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Abril 8, 2018 12:35 PM PDT

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This is one of four Bald Eagles I saw today, tearing apart a dead bird with a long leg, perhaps a cormorant? I was on the beach and it was on top of a post in the water.

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Abril 5, 2018 02:43 PM PDT

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Here's the first Desmarestia ligulata (Broad Acid Weed) I've seen this year, just a few inches long now, and before long it will be many yards long!

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wendy5

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Abril 3, 2018 01:25 PM PDT

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I think this is the most beautiful marine worm I've seen yet! Its tail end was encased in muddy sand, and it measured maybe about 9" long. Details of its paddles and head, shown with my macro lens, are amazing, as is its iridescence.

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Garza Nocturna Corona Negra Nycticorax nycticorax

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wendy5

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Marzo 26, 2018 10:47 AM PDT

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About a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons perched and/or slept in the cattails and trees

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wendy5

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Marzo 27, 2018 10:06 AM PDT

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This 1" diameter jelly had 3" bright red triangular dots at the base of its very round bell. Multiple tentacles streamed behind it, about 5" long.

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wendy5

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Marzo 27, 2018 09:55 AM PDT

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This 1" long nudibranch was crawling along seaweed beside the dock. It had large rhinophores and many spiky cerata. Its body was white with tiny brown speckles, and it seemed covered in gold glitter.

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Focha Americana Común Fulica americana

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wendy5

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Febrero 19, 2018 12:44 PM PST

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There were about 15 American Coots on this bitterly cold day. The smaller lagoon at Kah Tai was mostly frozen, and the birds all huddled together out of the wind in one small unfrozen part. Only a few Buffleheads stayed in the large lagoon.

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Enero 31, 2018 10:33 PM PST

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Another cute Changeable Lizard

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Enero 30, 2018 01:30 AM PST

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Another beautiful White-throated Kingfisher

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Febrero 5, 2018 12:32 AM PST

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This large brown and turquoise bird perched on a wire. It was the only one like this I saw, and can't find it in my field guide!

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wendy5

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Febrero 7, 2018 09:01 PM PST

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This beautiful butterfly was feeding on a zinnia in a small garden on An Binh island.

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wendy5

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Enero 30, 2018 02:02 AM PST

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This gorgeous woodpecker flew into a tree by the path, pecked at the trunk, and repeatedly groomed itself. A Laced Woodpecker?

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wendy5

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Enero 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST

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This large and unusual bird with a pale curved beak, a red patch around its eye, and a very long black and white tail flew into a tree by the bike path and stayed just long enough for me to snap two photos.

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Alca Marmoleada Brachyramphus marmoratus

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wendy5

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Diciembre 16, 2017 03:52 PM PST

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We saw about a dozen Marbled Murrelets today, and this was closest, very close to the pier, where I'd never seen one before.

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Diciembre 11, 2017 02:19 PM PST

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Several Eudistylia vancouveri (Northern Feather duster worm) hang off the dock at this marina

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wendy5

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Julio 6, 2017 12:46 PM PDT

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Lewisia columbiana (Columbia Lewisia) was abundant at about 5000' and absolutely gorgeous!

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wendy5

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Junio 13, 2017 01:16 PM PDT

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This 3/4" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) was feeding in this photo. It is yellower than most I've seen.

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2017 03:10 PM PST

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The holdfasts on this Pterygophora californica (Old Growth Kelp) were beautiful!

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2017 12:59 PM PST

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I'm puzzled by these clear, rubbery, hollow mysteries. They are covered in little bumps, like warts. They fit onto the tip of your finger, like a little slipper. Each was almost 2" long, and they appear clear in water. I found about 50 washed shore along the Spit. A Cnidarian? Something similar to Cliopsis krohni?

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Enero 29, 2017 02:38 PM PST

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The larger Calcinus seurati (Seurat's Hermit Crab) shows off its big left pincer.

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wendy5

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Enero 14, 2017 04:09 PM PST

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I was surprised to see ice crystals formed on the Bull Kelp which had washed ashore. It's been so cold, and the kelp was in the shade on the beach. Nothing else had crystals, so I wonder if they were formed from some chemical emitted from the kelp? Once I saw "Silky Hair Ice," which looks like white cotton candy, formed when carbon dioxide made by fungi pushes filaments of ice from logs under certain cold conditions. Here are 5 photos.

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wendy5

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Septiembre 25, 2016 01:29 PM PDT

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A friend pointed out this beautiful Ramalina menziesii (Fishnet aka Lace Lichen), growing on a Doug Fir and also on a willow right by the bay.

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wendy5

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Agosto 28, 2016 08:19 AM PDT

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This gorgeous 9" Penpoint Gunnel was under a rock during the minus tide.

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wendy5

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Agosto 28, 2016 09:02 AM PDT

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This is by far the most colorful Anthopleura artemisia (Moonglow anemone) I've ever seen!

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wendy5

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Agosto 2, 2016 09:28 PM MST

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The kelp these days is covered in gorgeous colonies of Membranipora villosa (Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan).

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wendy5

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Julio 31, 2016 08:51 AM PDT

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I found this stunning Triopha catalinae (Clown Nudibranch) inside an empty Nuttall's Cockle shell during the minus tide. It's the first I've ever found!

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Ardilla de Las Montañas de Las Cascadas Callospermophilus saturatus

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wendy5

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Julio 21, 2016 03:45 PM PDT

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Many inquisitive Callospermophilus saturatus (Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel) hoped for handouts along the Skyline Trail on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. They are larger than chipmunks, and have no streaks on their faces.

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wendy5

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Julio 21, 2016 08:31 AM PDT

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I loved seeing dozens of the short-blooming Xerophyllum tenax (Beargrass) for the first time.

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Junio 7, 2016

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This Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton) was only a bit more than 1/2" long, yet one of the prettiest I've ever seen.

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Zumbador Canelo Selasphorus rufus

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Junio 9, 2016

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This Rufous Hummingbird appears to be teaching a bee how to fly faster.

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Junio 5, 2016

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This 10" Chirolophis nugator (Mosshead Warbonnet) was quite magnificent, even though it was stranded on some kelp during the minus tide.

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Rana-de Coro del Pacífico Pseudacris regilla

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wendy5

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Abril 16, 2016

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This Pseudacris regilla (Pacific tree frog) has beautiful shades of bronze and green.

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Abril 10, 2016

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I saw many Plumularia setacea (Glassy Plume Hydroid) during the minus tide. They are amazing, and look so much like feathers! Most measure about 2 to 3" long.

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Abril 10, 2016

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My favorite kelp-- Costaria costata (Seersucker Kelp).

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Abril 10, 2016

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It's unusual to find Delesseria decipiens (Winged Rib) alive, rather than just a piece washed onto the beach.

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wendy5

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Febrero 19, 2016

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One of my favorite Australian plants, the Xanthorrhoea australis (Southern Grasstree), was very common at this reserve.

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wendy5

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Febrero 19, 2016

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The Soft Tree Ferns (aka Man Ferns) at St. Columba Falls State Park are truly spectacular!

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Delfín Común Delphinus delphis

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wendy5

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Febrero 17, 2016

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I wonder if this is a Tursiops truncatus (Bottle-nosed Dolphin) or a Common Dolphin? There were about 100 dolphins near our boat.

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Febrero 8, 2016

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The Tricholimnas sylvestris (Woodhen aka Lord Howe Rail) has an amazing success story of being brought back from the edge of extinction on Lord Howe Island. Four lived in the understory of the forest by our hotel, including this adult w/red eye, and this juvenile w/dark eye, who were foraging with the others on the lawn as I hung my laundry.

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Charrán Blanco Gygis alba

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wendy5

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Febrero 8, 2016

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Here's an adult Gygis alba (White Tern) showing its beautiful blue bill, huge eyes, and powder blue feet. What a magnificent bird! One day as I rode my bike along the main road, I counted 172 perching in Norfolk Pine trees and flying around the trees.

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Albatros Ceja Negra Thalassarche melanophris

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wendy5

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Febrero 17, 2016

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This is one of about 100 Thalassarche cauta (White-capped aka Shy Albatross) we saw feeding with gannets and shearwaters. A life dream to see albatrosses!

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Febrero 19, 2016

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I was lucky to see this Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) up close, sipping nectar from flowers in a garden, as I walked through the neighborhood.

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Pelícano Australiano Pelecanus conspicillatus

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wendy5

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Febrero 19, 2016

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This gorgeous Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) spent a long time on this rock.

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wendy5

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Febrero 18, 2016

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I love the Snakeskin Chiton (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis) of Australia. What an amazing design!

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Febrero 10, 2016

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Apparently these Linckia laevigata sea stars (Blue Linckia) are more common in deeper water than this one, discovered in shallow water at low tide by expert naturalist Ian Hutton.

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wendy5

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Febrero 8, 2016

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This fern with bumps like braille is Microsorum pustulatus ssp. howensis, an endemic subspecies to Lord Howe Island. Its frond tended to be about a foot long. I saw examples of it growing in many different areas, including along the Malabar trail.

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Febrero 7, 2016

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I had never seen a Aplysia dactylomela (Spotted Sea Hare) until going to Lord Howe Island, where I saw dozens at every low tide! This one is about 7" long.

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Lirios de Mar Clase Crinoidea

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wendy5

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Febrero 7, 2016

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I had always wanted to see a Feather Star! This 3" Class Crinoidea (Feather Star) is shades of brown and orange. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me during the low tide at Lord Howe Island. Interesting that they are also called Sea Lilies!

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Febrero 10, 2016

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This tiny 1" Ocypode cordimana (Ghost Crab) surprised me when I was walking on the sandy beach. Its strong defensive personality reminded me of our Green Shore Crabs.

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Lapa Falsa Umbraculum umbraculum

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wendy5

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Febrero 10, 2016

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This Umbraculum umbraculum (Umbrella Snail aka Umbrella Slug) was one of the most unusual creatures I've ever found. I didn't even know it was a snail. When I saw the 2" white shell, I thought it was a piece of plastic and went to pick it up. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for the ID, and later I learned on an Australian website that it's a large marine gastropod mollusk in the group Opisthobranchia.

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Febrero 10, 2016

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This is the nudibranch that looks like Xenia elongata (a soft coral). Many thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me, and unfortunately I missed its name. The first two photos show it with its amazing purple eggs. The third photo shows the nudibranch on the left, and the Xenia elongata coral w/extended polyps on the right.

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Febrero 7, 2016

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This 4” Breynia australasiae (Heart Urchin) lives buried in the sand and with some spines worn away, looked much like a coconut! I watched it move gently through the sand. The second photo shows several tests found along Lagoon Beach. I saw hundreds while snorkeling, but only this one live animal.

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Alga Uva Marina Caulerpa racemosa

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Febrero 7, 2016

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The Caulerpa racemosa (Sea Grapes) add a beautiful shade of green to the coral reefs around Lord Howe Island. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for pointing them out to me, and for letting me taste this delicious "vegetarian caviar."

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Febrero 7, 2016

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Another beautiful green Caulerpa seaweed, this is Caulerpa taxifolia, which looks like long, delicate green feathers, adding to the beauty of the Lord Howe Island coral reefs. I'm not surprised it's called Feather Caulerpa! Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me.

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wendy5

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Febrero 10, 2016

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This huge 6" nudibranch, Platydoris formosa, is the most spectacular nudibranch I've ever seen! Naturalist Ian Hutton spotted it drying out on the rocks during a very low tide, and he placed it underwater, where it immediately revived.

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wendy5

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Febrero 10, 2016

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The beige/turquoise Xenia elongata was my favorite soft coral on Lord Howe Island. The photos show its extended polyps.

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Mergo Cresta Blanca Lophodytes cucullatus

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Enero 24, 2016

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I was surprised to see nine Hooded Mergansers, including three adult males, swimming together in the marina, as usually there are only two or three there.

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Reyezuelo Corona Amarilla Regulus satrapa

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Enero 14, 2016

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I was very surprised that this Golden-crowned Kinglet seemed so unafraid. It was all alone (which is unusual), and called to me from a tree, then let me photograph it on the lawn. After trying to photograph these birds for months, two days in a row I've succeeded.

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Carpintero de Cresta Dryocopus pileatus

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Enero 13, 2016

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Since it's Woodpecker Week, I walked through the forest listening for woodpeckers, and was really lucky to find a Pileated Woodpecker close to the trail. It was intently drilling into a Western Redcedar tree, and didn't mind being photographed. Most of my photos turned out blurry, like the second one, because it tapped so rapidly on the tree.

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