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24 October 2013


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Taken near Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, CA. by David.


A well over due *Lifer* for David and Dad. A very common nuthatch in the Okanagan Valley that for years eluded our attention.

This Pygmy flew down from its perch looking for prey, poor little thing came up short and I guess this is a Pygmy's look of disappointment, looks a bit like a burrowing owl to me!

I recently won a photo contest with the BC SPCA's Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest. My Northern Pygmy-Owl came in 1st in the Backyard Habitats Category and my American White Pelican received Honourable Mention in the Wild Settings Category.


You can view all of the winning photos here:


BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest ~ 2012 Winners!


I have previously posted a cropped version of the Northern Pygmy-Owl. I have also posted several cropped shots of the American White Pelican.

Los pigmeos bagdeli viven en pequeños núcleos de población, diseminados por la selva del sur de Camerún. Debido principalmente a su pequeña estatura (que en los varones apenas alcanza 1,5 metros de media y en las mujeres no llega a 1,35), los pigmeos siempre han sido maltratados e incluso exclavizados por sus vecinos bantúes, más altos y fuertes. Afortunadamente, hoy en día estas prácticas casi han desaparecido, aunque todavía siguen siendo injustamente menospreciados. No obstante, los pigmeos se consideran a sí mísmos los auténticos hombres, capaces de dominar la selva y el fuego. Anclados en el tiempo, su día a día se reduce a cazar, comer, descansar, jugar, procrear... En la selva encuentran casi todo lo que necesitan. Sin embargo, esta sencilla vida en comunión con la naturaleza tiene los días contados. Podrán seguir nomadeando aunque no por mucho tiempo; las voraces compañías madereras están devorando sus bosques sagrados.

This little thing is the size of my pinky fingernail. Photographed 11-9-13 at Little St. Simon Island, Georgia.

Eurasian Pygmy Owl, the smallest owl in Europe.

Close up of

Hippocampus bargibanti from Lembeh Strait.

This little bird was very cool looking It might not look like it has a neck but this thing can twist almost all the way around.

Point Defiance Zoo Tacoma Washington.


Some further reference:

Hippocampus bargibanti, close up of these beautiful little creatures.

This baby African pygmy hedgehog is possibly the cutest thing I have ever had chance to photograph. So small and full of character. He was a little poser in the tunnel & while sleepy but once he woke up a bit was running around and a little harder to shoot!


A big thank you to Janine & Mark who were kind enough to let me photograph him.


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Saw this Northern Pygmy-Owl in a tree not too far off the road. Lucky for me, he sat there while I climbed up the side of the mountain. I would inch a little closer than grab a few more shots. Eventually, I got up high enough that I got this straight on shot as he looked back over his right shoulder.


Diamond Fork Canyon, Utah.

African Pygmy Kingfisher, Kruger National Park. This tiny insectivorous kingfisher is approximately 12–13 cm in length. We have been frequent visitors to the Kruger National Park for more than 20 years and have seen this beauty only twice, and both times in the same general area.


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El Moro Elfin Forest, CA.


Gum-over-cyanotype print of digital photo. Straying from using the "straight" yellow and red pigments with their respective negatives.

4 layers, counting the cyanotype (B neg).

I used azo green with the Y neg, permanent brown with the R neg, and ended with sap green, using the Y neg again. Image size 7in x 10in.

Another one of our species. A pygmy chameleon only about 2 inch long.

Olympic National Park, Washington


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One of a pair of pygmy owls in the area. This little one flew in my direction and landed about forty feet away, posed for three or four minutes then left to fetch a worm. :)

Try shooting something that's smaller than your baby fingernail with a lens that is a foot long and weighs four and half pounds :) For me it was pretty tricky and drew a few stares.


How small is the smallest butterfly? Scientifically known as Brephidium exilis, the western pygmy blue is the smallest butterfly worldwide. It has a wingspan measuring only 1.2 to 2 centimeters or ½ to ¾ inch. Its wingspread is measured at about ½ inch only. It belongs to the family Lycaenidae or the gossamer-wing butterflies, under the subfamily polyommatinae. (so there ... lol)

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake (a.k.a. Florida ground rattlesnake, southeastern ground rattlesnake, pygmy rattlesnake, Barbour's pygmy rattlesnake, ground rattlesnake, hog-nosed rattler, pygmy ground rattlesnake, pygmy rattler, small rattlesnake; Sistrurus miliarius barbour) - Black Point Drive, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville, Florida


I'd like to get a lower POV on these guys, but they tend to lay around in the undergrowth, so short of hand holding a point & shoot in their face there's no way of safely getting that angle of view. So I'll continue to look for one sitting on a rock with a clear POV from a safe distance.


Of course there's always the possibility of finding one in the everglades warming itself on the roadway after sunset where I could get that POV, but laying on the road, takin' flash pics at night just doesn't give me the aesthetic I'm lookin' for. Not to mention the dangers of takin' venomous snake pics in the dark while layin' in the middle of a road.


FYI - Regarding the size of these guys,

this image is about 5X life size.

A lifer for me - first one this year! Very excited to see this diminutive little owl - it's really no bigger than a Robin.

lat. Hippocampus bargibanti

On a drive one cold Christmas eve I saw a small bird sitting on a branch all puffed up from the cold at first i dismissed him as a common finch or sparrow but my brain said no he was different...on returning I saw just how different he first Pygmy Owl. This tiny little guy is only 6 1/2 inches.

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