More Rainforest Symphony critters as seen at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX. Many of the wildlife were roaming freely and had no name plates. So I have no way to identify them. If you know any of the names feel free to leave a comment below – I would appreciate it.
Jackson’s three-horned chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii), is an African chameleon.
This baby gray whale was witnessed being attacked by a group of Orca Whales (about 15 of them). As they worked to separate the calf from the mother they played with it for about an hour and then consumed the head, eyes and tongue. I had a friend who was on a boat and witnessed the kill. Not a Happy Mother’s Day for everyone – but it is nature and an Orca has to feed it’s young too.
Northern Bull Elephant Seals: The male elephant seal is a sight to behold, up to 15 feet long, 4,500 pounds, with a huge bulbous nose that inflates with air and makes a thundering noise used to intimidate other males. Elephant seals make one of the longest migration of any marine mammal, with males migrating for a total of 13,000 miles for their semi-annual trips to the Aleutian Islands.
Brown Pelicans feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi
Whale watching is in full force here on the Central Coast of California. Our coastal waters are a gathering place for Humpback and Blue Whales. On this day I only saw Humpback whales, but I’m hoping to get back out there and take another shot to see the very large and magnificent Blue Whale.
This is a male, breeding American Goldfinch – Goldfinches are among the strictest vegetarians in the bird world, selecting an entirely vegetable diet and only inadvertently swallowing an occasional insect. As usual, click directly on the image to enjoy even further.
This photo of a Red-tailed Hawk and it’s prey was taken at Carrizo Plains National Monument in San Luis Obispo County, California. Click on each image to enlarge and enjoy even further. It looks as if the Hawk got a little prey on it’s nose.
Male Bushtit (my fav tiny bird of all!) Bushtits are tiny, kinglet-sized songbirds. They are plump and large-headed, with long tails and short, stubby bills. Obviously this Bushtit had his beak buried in a yellow scrumptious plant of some kind. :o) Click to Enlarge the image and enjoy even further!
My first visit to Yosemite National Park took place this week. Left on Tuesday, it’s a 4 hour drive to Oakhurst a small community just south of Yosemite where we stayed. On Wednesday the first big snow storm for Yosemite hit making the highway into Yosemite not passable without chains and a lot of caution. We waited 1 day and headed out very slowly on Thursday up the mountain road. We got as far as what is called the ‘Tunnel Lookout’ where the first photo was taken of Carol and Beedie (myself).
The 2nd photo is of a very hungry coyote who kept following my car. He’d obviously been fed before by tourists but we knew better. It is my understanding that the friendlier wild animals become the more likely they are to attack so we didn’t get out of the car. The last photo was taken by Carol of you know who – ME! I’ll post more Yosemite in the winter shots later in the week. Enjoy and don’t forget to click to enlarge for better viewing!