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This American Kestrel is a real celebrity! I was following him and other two photographers were following him too. At some point there were three of us standing in a crescent formation near the small tree he perched on. We were waiting for him to do something and he didn't disappoint us. He took off and hovered for a few seconds.

American Avocet, Manitou Lake, Colorado


From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:


With its elegant profile and striking coloration, the American Avocet is unique among North American birds. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

Finally..I got a shot of this bittern flying...been seeing him around the wetlands last week or so..but hadn't been able to get him in flight til the other day...


SOOC except cropped in..Happy Feathery Friday...and Shades of Yellow Friday too!


Licensed via Getty Images January 2011

Explore Dec 22, 2011 #237


Humber Bay Park East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Taking in the beauty of the snow and ice on the Falls.



This is one of the first photos I uploaded to Flickr when I created this account back in January. I had taken a pre-dawn drive out to Robert Moses State Park to photograph the wildlife that feed around the boardwalk, but the 17〫temperature and wind coming off the ocean kept all life, except this intrepid photographer, away. As the sun started to rise, my finger's numb with cold, I decided to return to the car. As I turned to leave I caught the sun's first light shining on this American Holly. I was so excited and happy with the shot that I posted it the minute I returned home. It received 3 comments and 2 favs..... I hope it does better the second time around.




Nikon D700

70-300mm f/4.6 lens

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) in the alkaline waters of Chaplin Lake in southern Saskatchewan on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Over 30 species of shorebirds have been observed on the lake complex and most of the resident prairie shorebird species nest on or near the lake because of the large tracts of grasslands surrounding the lake and the abundance of prey in the lake.


Access is very limited but there is a local tourism facility which focuses on the lake and its importance to shorebirds.


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20 May, 2013.


Slide # GWB_20130520_7368.CR2


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Finally caught a Goldfinch feeding on thistle seeds! I love to watch them feeding on thistles in the field of wildflowers. Had to hide in the brush to get this shot but it was well worth it just to see them & hear their sweet tweets! ;-)

And the winner is...the red poppy. You really cannot get a boring shot with this flower...magnificent creation!

The other winner:


EXPLORE/May 22, 2008--Sincere thanks!


The most recent evidence indicates that crocodilians (which includes alligators) and dinosaurs evolved from a common ancestor that existed subsequent to the common ancestor that they share with other reptiles. So, even though alligators are classified as reptiles along with lizards, snakes, and turtles, they are actually more closely related to birds, whose direct ancestors were dinosaurs!

Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.

I found this fine specimen crossing Marsh Rabbit Run at Circle B Bar Reserve. Polk County. Florida.

I would guess that it is about 10 foot long.


I was categorizing and identifying all my butterflies and noticed I forgot to post this shot. All of my butterflies are now categorized into sets by family or subfamily now and in a Butterflies collection. Still need species identification on some of the older posts.


Libytheana carinenta

Niagara Falls.


Niagara Falls, New York.


SNAP! Disposable Camera

ISO 400




This is American Falls. I believe the falls most people know is actually called Horseshoe Falls. American Falls is just as spectacular, and from the American side is really an amazing thing to see. Here it obscures the high-rise hotels of Niagara Falls, Ontario.




La Branĉaro.

You get seasick driving here...


The hilly landscape here is a result of the massive Missuola floods at the end of the Ice age.

(Check the map, go to "larger map" and choose Satellite, and zoom out 1 or 2 levels. A large area from here towards the south east has a peculiar pattern of elongated, parallel hills, which can only have been shaped by massive flows of water.)


St. Thiel road, part of a short (but not fast) cut between r 26 and r 260, on our way to Palouse falls.


South east Washington, USA


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Seattle, WA

Explore 6/7/09 #139


The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is a small falcon. This bird was (and sometimes still is) colloquially known in North America as the "Sparrow Hawk". This name is misleading because it implies a connection with the Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, which is unrelated; the latter is an accipiter rather than a falcon. Though both are diurnal raptors, they are only distantly related.


American Kestrels are widely distributed across the Americas. Their breeding range extends from central and western Alaska across northern Canada to Nova Scotia, and south throughout North America, into central Mexico, the Baja, and the Caribbean. They are local breeders in Central America and are widely distributed throughout South America.

with a caught deer mouse.


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Wenatchee National Forest, Washington State


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A medium-sized and beautifully colored dabbling duck, the American wigeon is common in western North America.

Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge – Alviso, California.

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This was selected for Explore; June 15, 2010 #156


Monument Valley

The Navajo Nation

Arizona and Utah


The American alligator is a rare success story of an endangered animal not only saved from extinction but now thriving. State and federal protections, habitat preservation efforts, and reduced demand for alligator products have improved the species' wild population to more than one million and growing today.


One look at these menacing predators—with their armored, lizard-like bodies, muscular tails, and powerful jaws—and it is obvious they are envoys from the distant past. The species, scientists say, is more than 150 million years old, managing to avoid extinction 65 million years ago when their prehistoric contemporaries, the dinosaurs, died off.


American alligators reside nearly exclusively in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Louisiana.


Heavy and ungainly out of water, these reptiles are supremely well adapted swimmers. Males average 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.6 meters) in length and can weigh 1,000 pounds (453 kg). Females grow to a maximum of about 9.8 feet (3 meters.)


Hatchlings are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) long with yellow and black stripes. Juveniles, which are on the menu for dozens of predators, including birds, raccoons, bobcats, and even other alligators, usually stay with their mothers for about two years.


Adult alligators are apex predators critical to the biodiversity of their habitat. They feed mainly on fish, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. However, they are opportunists, and a hungry gator will eat just about anything, including carrion, pets and, in rare instances, humans.


Source: National Geographic

Location: Charles Towne Landing, SC

American star y van dos. La pared, Fuerteventura.

American Landscape.

Foto di archivio, uno dei fiumi più belli di tutto il West americano, Goosenecks of the San Juan River State Park


best on black

Thanks to skeletal mass for the texture

Taken at Washington Oakes State Park just after sun rise.

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The rolling hills of central Vermont make for unforgettable views of stunning rustic farms that would be right at home on the countryside in all fifty states. Home made maple syrup for sale on the farmhouse porch (using the honor system!) and a friendly dog to greet us made Jenne Farm a sentimental favorite spot from our week in New England.

Another image from the Death Valley, CA.

"Erg" would be more appropriate talking about Sahara, but I find this Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes looks a little like it and is so different from Mojave or Sonora deserts.

Lens Canon 400L USM 5.6


The "Zabriskie point" in picture below.





Bronica SQ-A, 220 film Fuji 400 pro converted in sepia vith PS.


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Nickerson Beach / Long Island / New York


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Explore #12 on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 and on Explore Front Page :-)


Featured Golden Diamond picture of the week at Golden Pictures Worth 1000 Words group!


Explore 4/27/09 #315


Missing all my Flickr friends....on the road home to NH and will be back online in a week. promise to catch up with everyone then. I'll leave you with Paige from the Center for birds of prey in maitland FL. Sure hate to leave Florida........

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