aweeshaducci66 Brown Pelicans =) The Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf in V shaped or line formations along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, The Brown, and the closely related Peruvian Pelican are the only pelican species to perform spectacular head-first dives, they tuck their heads and rotates its body to the left. This maneuver is probably to cushion the trachea and esophagus from the impact, which are found on the right side of the neck, while still using the force of impact to stun small fish. its throat pouch expands to trap the prey and scooping it and up to 2.6 gallons of water, which they drain from their pouches while sneaky gulls and terns try to still their food right from their beaks. Pelicans incubate their eggs with the skin of their feet, essentially standing on the eggs to keep them warm; but in the mid-twentieth century pesticides were introduced into the food chain. The pesticide Endrin killed pelicans outright, while DDT contamination caused them to lay thinner eggs that cracked under the weight of incubating parents. After nearly disappearing from North America in the 1960s and 1970s, Brown Pelicans made a full comeback thanks to pesticide regulations. #brownpelicans #pelicans #santabarbara #bird #birds #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #bird_watchers_daily #canonphotos #nature #natureonly #natureshotoftheday #allmightybirds #natureshotoftheday #nationalgeographic #actionshot #anythingfeathered #animal_captures #best_birds_of_instagram #bird_lovers_daily #exploring #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach 6d

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aweeshaducci66 Sunset at Tenaya Lake =) More history I found about the lake. Which got it's name after Chief Tenaya, who met the Mariposa Brigade near the shores of the lake. Tenaya protested that the lake already had a name: Pie-we-ack, or "Lake of the Shining Rocks." This original name is now attached to a granite dome to the east of the lake.
As part of the 1864 Yosemite grant, the area became the first park land to be federally protected for preservation and public use. Yosemite became a national park in 1916 with the advent of the National Park Service. A little bit more information on the Glacier that formed Tenaya Lake, which flowed out of the vast Tuolumne Ice Sheet and down to Yosemite Valley. This same glacier created Half Dome. The Tenaya Glacier was lightly loaded with debris, and did not leave a large amount of moraine material near Tenaya Lake. #tenayalake #lake #landscape #lovingnature #sunset #water #withmylove #stars #shining #nature #beautiful #beautifulview #beautifulshot #beautifulplace #beautifulscene #nationalgeographic #natureshotoftheday #peaceful #positivity #planteearth #peacefulnature #canon #california #canonpowershotsx50hs #yosemite #mothernature #sunny #scenic #rawcalifornia #roadtrip
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aweeshaducci66 Tenaya Lake =) Created when the glaciers receded about 10,000 years ago. It is dammed by a glacial moraine and a stream has created a stable spillway that normally overflows each year during the Spring snow melt. This water travels down to Mirror Lake via Tenaya Canyon. In recent history the water levels have varied somewhat with the Spring snow-melt but normally, the lake maintains fairly constant levels year to year. (At least in our lifetime.) but here's where it gets really interesting. in some parts, believe it or not, the water level reaches to 100 feet deep! I couldn't believe it! Because I could remember seeing these logs sticking out of the water which made it look shallow, but then after doing some research I found out they weren't logs at all but huge snags. Dead Lodgepole Pine trees still rooted in the lake bottom! These snags are standing in anywhere from 26 to 62 feet of water! And theses two snags are actually from two different periods in time, some of the dead trees were about 70 years old when they died and others were about 140 years old. They lived and died about 900 years ago, during the medieval period in history. Then after doing more research I found out that California had two major droughts during the medieval time period in history. The first one lasted 220 years and this is when the first batch of Lodgepole Pines were able to colonize the dry lake shore.
Amazingly, this 220 year drought was followed by 100 years of very wet weather, enough to start filling Tenaya Lake and killing that first batch of trees. Well, then came a second drought. This one lasted about 140 years and the second batch of Lodgepoles were able to colonize on the dry shores of Tenaya Lake. I'm glad we stopped at this very interesting lake =) #beautiful #beautifulplace #beautifulview #rocks #water #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #enjoyingnature #exploringnature #withmylove #landscape #lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #mothernature #canon #california #canonphotos #hiking #planteearth #roadtrip #tenayalake #interesting #history #yosemite #lake #rawcalifornia
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aweeshaducci66 More Whitetail Deer =) In the spring and summer months, the coat of a white tailed deer is reddish-brown in color. In the fall and winter, the coat turns to a duller grayish-brown color. The coat of a young deer, fawn, is reddish in color with white spots. The spots normally disappear in 3-4 months. As the name implies, the under side of the tail is white. The male white tailed deer, buck, normally weighs about 130-300 pounds. The female, doe, weighs about 90-200 pounds. The average height is 3 feet. The diet of the white tailed deer varies, depending on the time of the year. In the summer, they normally eat green plants, aquatic plants, nuts, and fruits. In the fall, they mostly eat evergreen plants and grasses. In the winter, they basically survive off of woody plants. Their stomachs have four chambers and each one functions differently. After eating quickly, to avoid predators, they will find a safe area to rest and digest their food. To improve digestion, they will regurgitate their food, chew it for a second time, and swallow. Males will compete among other males for the female. Bucks will attempt to mate with as many females as they can. During this time, he will rarely eat or rest. In mid to late spring, the doe will give birth to 1-3 fawns. Fawns can walk at birth and in a few days they will begin nibbling on vegetation. They are weaned from their mother in about 8-10 weeks. Young females usually stay with their mother for 2 years while young males leave sooner, about 1 year. The female white tailed deer is very protective of her young. When searching for food, the mother will hide her offspring, its spots will help camouflage him or her from predators; until they are old enough to follow her, about 4 weeks of age. #deer #wildlife #whitetaildeer #withmylove #nature #natureonly #natureshotoftheday #naturephotography #beautiful #beautifulshot #beautifulview #Yosemite #animals #animal_captures #scenic #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #canon #california #canonphotos #canonpowershotsx50hs #thesimplethingsinlife #forest #fall #treestreestrees #nationalgeographic #mothernature #roadtrip #rawcalifornia 4w

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aweeshaducci66 White Tail Deer =) Deer are members of the order Artiodactyle, which means that they have hoofs with an even number of toes.Deer can be found around the world. They are native to all continents except for Australia and Antarctica. There are about 100 types of deer, of course the whitetail deer, and reindeer, elk, moose, mule deer, blacktail deer and caribou.
Male deer are called bucks, bulls, stags or harts. Female deer are called does, cows or hinds. Young deer are called fawns or calfs.
Deer can adapt well to just about any habitat. They prefer to live in "edge" habitats. Edges are human-made or natural habitat breaks, for instance from woods to croplands. They will use the woodlands for cover and shelter and the open land to graze in. In northern latitudes, deer may live in different areas in the summer and winter months. These areas can be as far as 30 miles apart. Deer are the only animals that have antlers. They are the fastest growing living tissue on earth. Antlers are usually only found on males. In some species, like caribou, you will also find them on females. Moose have the largest antlers. Antlers grow from spring until fall. While growing, antlers are covered with a soft tissue known as velvet. This tissue contains a network of nerves and blood vessels and is very sensitive. In the fall, the velvet is shed and the antlers harden. In the winter, the antlers are shed. Antlers should not be confused with horns. Horns are never shed and continue to grow throughout the animal's life. If they are broken, they won't grow back. #deer #whitetaildeer #animals #fall #Yosemite #california #canonpowershotsx50hs #canonphotos #beautiful #lovingnature #exploring #enjoyingnature #exploringnature #mothernature #savetheplanet #peaceful #positivity #planteearth #peacefulnature #eating #beautifulshot #nature #natureonly #naturephotography #natureshotoftheday #leaves #fallleaves #withmylove #wildlife #forest
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aweeshaducci66 Beautiful Fall Aspen Trees =) Quaking aspens, also called trembling aspens, are named for their leaves. Flat leaves attach to branches with lengthy stalks called petioles, which quake or tremble in light breezes. Quaking aspens regularly grow in dense, pure stands, creating a stunning golden vista when their leaves change color in the fall. The white bark is one identifying characteristic of this tree, but the bark is special for more reasons than just its unique appearance. The bark layer of quaking aspens carries out photosynthesis, a task usually reserved for tree leaves. In winter, when other deciduous trees are mostly dormant, quaking aspens are able to keep producing sugar for energy! Deer, moose, and elk seek shade from aspen groves in summer. These same animals consume bark, leaves, buds, and twigs of quaking aspen throughout the year. Ruffed grouse is especially dependent on quaking aspen for food and nesting habitat. People use quaking aspen for fuel and to make paper, particle board, furniture, and hamster bedding. Quaking aspens are the most widely distributed tree species in North America. They grow in Alaska and Canada, all the way south to Mexico! They withstand such a wide range in climatic conditions by growing at lower altitudes in the north and higher altitudes in the south. Quaking aspens are conspicuously absent from the U.S. southeast, because there are no high elevation mountains to act as a habitat. #fall #aspentrees #fallaspen #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach #exploringnature #withmylove #landscape #lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #mothernature #canon #california #canonphotos #Yosemite #hiking #planteearth #roadtrip #beautiful #beautifulplace #beautifulview #treestreestrees #rawcalifornia #canonpowershotsx50hs 1mon
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aweeshaducci66 Circumhorizontal Arc =) Also called Fire Rainbows which neither fire, nor rainbows, but are so called because of their brilliant pastel colors and flame like appearance. Technically they are known as circumhorizontal arc - an ice halo formed by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon, hence the name. Brightly colored circumhorizontal arc occur mostly during the summer and between particular latitudes. When the sun is very high in the sky, sunlight entering flat, hexagon shaped ice crystals gets split into individual colors just like in a prism. The conditions required to form a “fire rainbow” is very precise – the sun has to be at an elevation of 58° or greater, there must be high altitude cirrus clouds with plate-shaped ice crystals, and sunlight has to enter the ice crystals at a specific angle. This is why circumhorizontal arc is such a rare phenomenon. #firerainbow #clouds #beautiful #beautifulview #Yosemite #withmylove #rainbow #sunny #scenic #sunshine #lovingnature #nature #naturelover #natureshotoftheday #naturephotography #canon #california #canonpowershotsx50hs #cloudshot #sky #beautifulscene #mothernature #exploring #enjoyingnature #exploringnature #skyshot #cloudysky cloudy 1mon

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aweeshaducci66 Northern Elephant Seals =) The northern elephant seal occurs in the eastern Pacific Ocean, where it breeds on approximately 15 islands and a few mainland beaches situated between northern California and the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. The annual breeding cycle of the northern elephant seal begins in December, when the huge males haul out onto deserted beaches. Large numbers of pregnant females soon follow the males, aggregating into large groups known as harems, with each group presided over by a large, dominant male. Competition for this dominant position is intense, with males establishing their supremacy through stares, gestures, and snorts and grunts amplified by the inflation of their proboscis. Spectacular fights may ensue, with males delivering serious, but rarely fatal, blows with their large canine teeth. Between two and five days after arriving at the colony, each female will give birth to a single pup. For the next 27 days, the female will stay with her new pup, feeding it large quantities of rich, fatty milk, while she relies on her own thick blubber for sustenance. After weaning their young, the females return to sea, leaving the pups to fend for themselves. For the next four to six weeks, the pups practice swimming and diving, before leaving the beach to spend the next six months at sea. Northern elephant seal pups are highly vulnerable at this time, with around 30 percent perishing. Northern elephant seals feed primarily on deepwater fish and squid, a diet that necessitates an exceptional diving ability. They can dive down to over 1,500 metres, remaining underwater for up to an extraordinary 120 minutes, although most dives are to shallower depths and last for around 20 minutes. More than 80 percent of the year is spent feeding at sea, in order to build up their essential blubber stores to provide energy for breeding and moulting, times at which the seals do not feed. #elephantseals #actionshot #nature #beach #vistapoint #Cambria #canonphotos #canonpowershotsx50hs #californiacoast #natureshotoftheday #naturehippie #lovingnature #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach #exploringnature #animals #seals #ocean #mothernature #savetheplanet 1mon

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aweeshaducci66 A Male Western Bluebird =) In open parklands of the American West, brilliant blue-and-rust Western Bluebirds sit on low perches and swoop lightly to the ground to catch insects. Deep blue, rusty, and white, males are considerably brighter than the gray-brown, blue-tinged females. This small thrush nests in holes in trees or nest boxes and often gathers in small flocks to feed on insects or berries, giving their quiet, chortling calls. You can help out Western Bluebirds by placing nest boxes in your yard or park. Many don't know that Western bluebirds are capable of extra pair copulations which means breading males will mate with more the one breading female and vice versa. Despite the fact that they are monogamous birds. After laying eggs, the male may sometimes visit other nests and mate with another female or the female that just laid eggs may mate with a male intruder especially an older one. Tight mate guarding though has helped reduce the occurrence of extra pair copulation. This happens when a pair develops a close bond and the male will usually follow his mate when she leaves the nest. Females are known to be receptive to mating even before egg laying. A pair is also said to be closer when there’s more vegetation around the nest. The male wants to keep the female in view most of the time.
Western bluebirds are responsible parents. Both share in duties of feeding their offspring even after fledging. Males have been observed to perform unusual displays distinct only during the extra pair copulatory interactions when they are about one meter from the female. The display involves the rapid shivering or flipping of wings while tilting forward. They also make a “mew” call similar to the sound of kittens. This extra pair mating display is somewhat the same as the action of adult females when begging. The only difference is that begging females sit in an upright position and emit a high “chittering” sound. #bird #bluebird #birds #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #bird_watchers_daily #canonphotos #westernbluebird #nature #natureonly #naturehippie #natureshotoftheday #allmightybirds
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aweeshaducci66 Kelp =) Sea kelp is seaweed or algae. Some species of kelp form large forests. These areas are sometimes referred to as the rain forests of the ocean because of the great biological diversity within their midst. The giant kelp species is one of the fastest growing plants in nature and, under ideal conditions, can grow up to two feet per day. Kelp grows at or below the low-tide level on the rocky seabed and extends to depths as far as sunlight can penetrate. Seaweed doesn’t have a vascular system like other plants, but all parts of the kelp absorb the nutrients and gases that it needs to grow from the water in which it is immersed. Kelp is also an important resource for humans and is harvested for food, medicinal purposes and its uses in various products. Kelp contains high concentrations of iodine, making it especially useful in treating a condition of the thyroid gland caused by lack of iodine. This condition, called goiter, has been treated with kelp for centuries. Kelp is also included in medicines that are used to treat tuberculosis, arthritis, colds, influenza and some infections. Because kelp is high in iron, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, several vitamins and amino acids, it is a popular additive in vitamins and is sometimes taken alone for these qualities. Research is being conducted into using kelp in the treatment of breast cancer as well as in using it as a type of biofuel. The possibility of kelp as a dietary antioxidant in preventing aging and diseases also is being studied. Brown seaweeds are being found to have anti-tumor properties and may boost the immune system. This could lead to preventative medications for cancer. Kelp has been found to have therapeutic effects in heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and research may eventually lead to products containing seaweed to help those battling these conditions. #kelp #moonstonebeach #beach #beautiful #beautifulplace #beautifulview #seaweed #moonstone #rocks #ocean #water #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach #exploringnature #withmylove #landscape #lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #mothernature #canon #california 2mon

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aweeshaducci66 Pebbles At Moonstone Beach =) We decided to stop here after leaving Pfeiffer Beach and I'm glad we did. I'm already planing on returning here soon, earlier in the day we got there close to sunset and just not nearly enough time to explore everything. Because this place is arguably one of the most breathtaking beaches along California's coast. but it also got me thinking what exactly is a “moonstone?” Because there were so many different types of stones blanketing the beach and why was this stone the focus for the name of this amazing stretch of land? So I did some research and this is what I found. It is said that the ancient Greeks used the term “moonstone” to describe those gems that evoke the moon’s delicate, ethereal light. The Greeks valued the moonstone as a talisman for lovers. To wear it was thought to arouse the most tender of passions and true love. It was also believed that wearing the stone conveyed knowledge of future events, and could guide a person in making important decisions.
However, what is historically known as “moonstone” is not actually what Moonstone Beach moonstones are. Historically, Moonstones are gems (stones that are a type of the mineral “feldspar”), but Cambria’s Moonstones possess the mineral “chalcedony.” Chalcedony is a microcrystalline quartz in which the crystals are so small they can only be seen under a microscope. While it is a different mineral than the moonstone gem, it shares some of the same pale ethereal light at its center. Moonstones in Cambria were named by our early settlers and the stones are formed in the earth by patient dripping of water and minerals through the ages. During storms they are swept out of their underground caves and down the streams into the ocean where they are patiently tumbled and polished by the turbulent pacific along our rocky coast. #beach #beautiful #beautifulplace #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach #exploringnature #withmylove #pebbles #rocks #minerals #stones lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #mothernature #canon #california #canonphotos #moonstonebeach #hiking #planteearth #roadtrip #sunshine #canonphotos #californiacoast
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aweeshaducci66 When we visited Pfeiffer Beach, walking along the shore we came crossed this area where people have stacked rocks by the hundreds it was truly an interesting sight and got me wondering where the stacking of rocks came from and found they're called Cairns =) which are built for many purposes I found out. The most common use in North America and Northern Europe is to mark mountain bike and hiking trails and other cross-country trail blazing, especially in mountain regions at or above the tree line. Placed at regular intervals, a series of cairns can be used to indicate a path across stony or barren terrain, even across glaciers. Such cairns are often placed at junctions or in places where the trail direction is not obvious. They may also be used to indicate an obscured danger such as a sudden drop, or a noteworthy point such as the summit of a mountain. Most trail cairns are small, usually being a foot or less in height. However, they may be built taller so as to protrude through a layer of snow. Hikers passing by often add a stone, as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the erosive effects of severe weather. North American trail marks are sometimes called "ducks" or "duckies", because they sometimes have a "beak" pointing in the direction of the route. Or it's just as simple as making a cairn to make a memory of a beautiful location. Which seems the purpose of these cairns on Pfeiffer Beach. #cairns #scenic #pfeifferbeach #beach #beautiful #beautifulplace #beautifulview #rocks #ocean #water #peaceful #positivity #peacefulnature #enjoyingnature #enjoyingthebeach #exploringnature #withmylove #landscape #lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #mothernature #canon #california #canonphotos #bigsur #hiking #planteearth #roadtrip 2mon

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aweeshaducci66 Pfeiffer Beach =) Many locals name Pfeiffer Beach their favorite because of its wide sandy beaches and the arch rock that lies just offshore. Also known for the purple sand that lines the beach. It comes from manganese garnet in the hills being eroded and washed down the creek to the beach. You are more likely to see the purple sand after winter storms. Sometimes the color appears more pinkish and others report some green color at times. Pfeiffer Beach is very hard to find for the uninitiated. It is located at the end of unmarked Sycamore Canyon Road, which is the only paved, ungated road on the west side of Highway One between the Big Sur Post Office and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is named after John Pfeiffer, who lived in a cabin on the property beginning in 1884. He was the son of Michael Pfeiffer and Barbara Laquet, the Pfeiffer family immigrated from Germany and were amongst the first European settlers in the area. Many features in Big Sur, like this beach, are named for the descendants of the Pfeiffers. #pfeifferbeach #beach #beautiful #ocean #purplesand #scenic #exploringnature #canonphotos #california #bigsur #landscape #lovingnature #sunny #sunshine #savetheplanet #withmylove #peaceful #positivity #mothernature #thesimplethingsinlife #hiking #enjoyingthebeach #enjoyingnature #beautifulplace #peacefulnature #interesting #purple #bluewater #beautifulscene #canon 2mon

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aweeshaducci66 Heermann's Gulls Bathing =) A medium sized gull with a bright red bill that turns back at the tip. They're dark gray in plumage with black legs and feet, and a black tail with a white terminal band. Breeding gulls have white head plumage. The Heermann's Gull, like many other gulls, frequently steals food from other birds. The Brown Pelican is a frequent victim. An adult Heermann's Gull is most likely to try to steal food from an adult pelican, and an immature gull is more likely to steal from an immature pelican.
The Heermann's Gull is the only North American gull that breeds south of the United States and comes north to spend the nonbreeding season. After breeding is over in July, the gull quickly comes north all the way to southern Canada. It heads back southward by December, and most breeders are at the breeding islands by March.
Perhaps as a result of the increasing populations in Mexico, several attempts have been made by Heermann's Gulls to breed in California. The first was on the island of Alcatraz. So far these attempts have been unsuccessful, but eventual successful nesting is expected. #heermannsgull #gull #bird #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatching #bird_watchers_daily #nature #natureonly #naturefreaks #naturehippie #natureshotoftheday #bigsur #beach #pfeifferbeach #peaceful #ptk_macro #planteearth #savetheplanet #wildlife #canon #california #exploringnature #actionshot #gulls
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aweeshaducci66 The Marbled Godwit =) This large sandpiper has black-marked, dark brown upper-parts, and lightly barred, chestnut-brown under-parts. It has a long pink bill with a black tip that is slightly up curved. Its pale brown under wings are visible in flight. Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms, insects, seeds and berries. It has a swift and direct flight. Sexes similar, but male smaller with brighter bill base. Breeding in the northern central plains from Alberta to Minnesota. Spends winters on the coast from California and Virginia southward and along the Gulf coast. During breeding season it can found on grassy plains; during migration, it visits salt marshes, tidal creeks, mudflats, and sea beaches.
These birds were long regarded as showing no noticeable geographic variation until measurements of birds breeding in Alaska showed these populations to have shorter wings and legs than Great Plains godwits. #marbledgodwit #godwit #birding #birdcatch #bird #beautiful #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdlovers #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #bird_watchers_daily #canon #bigsur #beach #nature #natureonly #naturephotography #natureshotoftheday #naturehippie #allmightybirds #positivity #planteearth #peace #pfeifferbeach #canonphotos #california #exploringnature
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aweeshaducci66 Birdwatching at Lake Ming Campground is very rewarding =) I got an 3 Great Egrets, 5 mallard Ducks, and flying in the back a Belted Kingfisher in one, which is why Lake Ming is a top location for bird watching in the State of California. The Lake Ming is profiled on the United States Geological Service (USGS) Rio Bravo Ranch Topological map. The Lake Ming is located at the latitude and longitude coordinates of 35.4396792 and -118.8656508 at an elevation of 158 feet. Lake Ming is situated in Kern County in the State of California. #birdwatching #lakeming #greategret #mallardduck #beltedkingfisher #kernriver #lakemingcampground #bird #birds #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdsofinstagram #bird_watchers_daily #river #natureonly #naturelover #natureshotoftheday #canon #california #mothernature #savetheplanet #peaceful #positivity #planteearth #allmightybirds 2mon

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aweeshaducci66 The belted kingfisher =)
One of the most widespread land birds in North America, occupying a diverse range of aquatic habitats. One of few bird species in which the female is more brightly coloured than the male, in addition to the ashy-blue upperparts, white collar and broad, bluish-grey breast band, the female belted kingfisher has a chestnut band across the lower breast and streaks of chestnut on the sides. However, perhaps the most distinctive feature of this bird is its conspicuous, double-pointed crest set upon the large, blue head. Which, unfortunately in this photo the crest hidden. An extremely vocal species, the belted kingfisher makes a number of sounds, including a harsh rattle, which is used in territorial disputes and a warbling call emitted by the female during courtship. Most active in the early morning, late afternoon and early evening, this sit-and-wait predator largely hunts from an exposed perch on a tree, pylon or even a pier, which offers clear views over its feeding territory. The belted kingfisher is a proficient hunter of fish, and once its prey is sighted, it will hover briefly, up to 15 meters above the water’s surface, before diving vertically into the water, spreading its wings to break its fall. The belted kingfisher catches its target in its long beak with a pincer-like movement, before retracting its neck, turning its body and flying up through the water to take to flight. Its prey is taken back to the perch and killed or stunned by repeated blows, allowing this kingfisher to swallow the whole fish head first. Although it principally eats small fish up to 14 centimeters long, the belted kingfisher will also eat crustaceans, mollusks, insects, amphibians, reptiles, young birds, small mammals and even small berries. #beltedkingfisher #kingfisher #bird #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdfreaks #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatchers #birdwatching #bird_watchers_daily #birdsofinstagram #canon #california #nature #natureonly #naturelover #natureshotoftheday #lakeming #exploringnature #positivity #planteearth #peaceandlove #savetheplanet #kernriver #kernwildlife #wildlife #birdlovers
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aweeshaducci66 Common Raven =) Actually rather remarkable animals. These sleek, black birds are excellent and acrobatic fliers on par with falcons and hawks. Such aerial skills are on display during breeding season, when exciting mating rituals include an elaborate dance of chases, dives, and rolls. When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. Ravens have been observed pushing rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stealing fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and playing dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast; and if a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes. In captivity, ravens can learn to talk better than some parrots. They also mimic other noises, ravens have been known to imitate wolves or foxes to attract them to carcasses that the raven isn’t capable of breaking open. When the wolf is done eating, the raven gets the leftovers. Known for being mischievous, they often play keep-away with other animals like wolves, otters, and dogs. Ravens even make toys by using sticks, pinecones, golf balls, or rocks to play with each other or by themselves. And sometimes they just taunt or mock other creatures because it’s funny. Despite their mischievous nature, ravens seem capable of feeling empathy. When a raven’s friend loses in a fight, they will seem to console the losing bird. They also remember birds they like and will respond in a friendly way to certain birds for at least three years after seeing them. (They also respond negatively to enemies and suspiciously to strange ravens.) Although a flock of ravens is called an “unkindness,” the birds appear to be anything but. #raven #birding #beautiful #birdcatch #birdsofig #birdextreme #birdsplanet #birdwatchers #bird_watchers_daily #birdsofinstagram #nature #natureonly #naturelover #naturefreaks #canon #exploring #exploringnature #peaceful #positivity #planteearth #positiveenergy #savetheplanet #interesting #birdsofig #capturekerncounty #hiking 2mon

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aweeshaducci66 White-crowned Sparrow =) One of the most common winter sparrows, the white-crowned typically occurs in flocks, which may involve more than 100 birds. They feed in short grass or open areas adjacent to woodlands, hedgerows, or brush piles. They may pop out in response to pishing and raise their crown feathers when agitated. A young male White-crowned Sparrow learns the basics of the song it will sing as an adult during the first two or three months of its life. It does not learn directly from its father, but rather from the generalized song environment of its natal neighborhood. White-crowned Sparrows have been was tracked migrating, moving 300 miles in a single night. Alaskan White-crowned Sparrows migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in Southern California. These Sparrows breed in open or shrubby habitats, including tundra, high alpine meadows, and forest edges. Patches of bare ground and grasses are important characteristics. During winter and on migration these birds frequent thickets, weedy fields, agricultural fields, roadsides, and backyards.
They eat mainly seeds of weeds and grasses, plus considerable numbers of caterpillars, wasps, beetles, and other insects during the summer. They also eat grains such as oats, wheat, barley, and corn, and fruit including elderberries and blackberries.
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aweeshaducci66 Buckeye Caterpillar =) A caterpillars outer exoskeleton is often called ‘skin’ but it is actually a cuticle. Skin is a living organ. A cuticle is more like a pillow cover. The cuticle never grows. When the caterpillar grows too large for its cuticle, it will molt. Underneath the old cuticle is a larger baggy cuticle. Buckeye caterpillars molt four times before they hang in a J to pupate. Once it has decided upon the spot it will pupate, the caterpillar begins to make a mat of silk. In the middle of the mat makes a tight silk button. The silk comes from spinnerets underneath its head. It attaches its anal prolegs to the button and, over the course of the next hour or so, drops into the J shape. After a day, it again sheds its cuticle and the chrysalis (pupa) is what remains. A chrysalis is literally a caterpillar that has skinned itself. Chrysalises vary in color from light to dark brown, depending upon where they pupate. If they pupate in bright light, the chrysalis will be extremely light. If they pupate in an extremely dark area, they will be extremely dark. One to two weeks after the caterpillar becomes a chrysalis, depending upon the temperature, the adult butterfly will emerge. Their metabolism slows during cooler temperatures and delays development. In the middle of the summer, the adults emerge in about seven days. In late fall with temperatures dropping to the 40s at night, they take two weeks and sometimes longer to emerge as adults. A day after emerging, the butterflies will begin to drink flower nectar. Buckeye butterflies also drink from fruit. #buckeye #caterpillar #arthropodsanonymous #macro #md_macro #macronesia #mothernature #macro_secrets #nature #naturelover #naturefreaks #naturelovers #naturephotography #natureshotoftheday #crazyaboutbugs #canonpowershotsx50hs #canon #rsa_macro #insectsofinstagram #ptk_macro #planteearth #peaceandlove #peace #savetheplanet #california #canonphotos 2mon

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