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Vintage Cars

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by Bryan Costales

In 1963, contemporary cars (whereas now vintage cars) were parked diagonally on a hill facing a building on the Presidio grounds. A man (perhaps a workman) reached into the back of a parked pickup truck.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Sea Lions swam in and out of sunlight and shade beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

The fisherman hadn't noticed that a pelican had just landed next to him on the pier.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is another otter grooming or maybe he is thinking "oh, not another boatload of paparazzi!"

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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by Terry Costales

After the boat trip on Elkhorn Slough, we stopped by nearby Moss Landing State Beach and saw this marvelous Great Blue Heron. It may have been a member of the breeding colony we saw from the earlier boat trip.

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Snowy Egret and Great Egret

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by Terry Costales

The larger Great Egret was stalked by the smaller Snowy Egret.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

These two pelicans were one pair of dozens loitering around the marina, all waiting for a fishy opportunity. The one on the left was an immature bird which had not grown into its adult plumage.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

A shell was almost the size of the otter's head, but was no match for its appetite.

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Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis)

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by Terry Costales

A very large, old Leopard Tortoise sunned itself that afternoon.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Sea Otters appeared to spend a great deal of their time grooming themselves. They use their bodies as tables, so have to keep food scraps washed off. While they clean, they also push and sometimes blow air bubbles into their fur. The extra air trapped in their fur contributes to their buoyancy and increases insulation.

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Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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by Terry Costales

A great egret at the edge of the bay looking for food. It is a very graceful bird whether walking or flying.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.

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Black-crowned Night Heron

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by Terry Costales

This bedraggled juvenile black-crowned night heron was perched on the dock near the boat we were going to use. I hoped it wasn't a harbinger of how our trip would turn out.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

Here is an older otter, recognized by the light colored fur on its face. It is grooming itself after eating. Otters must have one of the cutest faces in the animal kingdom

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun.

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