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Moss Covered

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by Bryan Costales

A rope, used to separate the parking lot from the sidewalk, was covered in a thick layer of moss. The moss was so thick that was almost impossible to determine the knot used to tie the rope to the wooden post.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(170 views)
by Terry Costales

A female sea lion tried to appear very demure.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

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

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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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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

King of the mountain and he knows it.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

Portrait of a large male sea lion sleepily surveying his domain.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

Harbor seals are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

A very large male sea lion with a much smaller female.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(166 views)
by Terry Costales

Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes! The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear.

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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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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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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

To our left as we exited the harbor and entered the slough, we saw an old pier covered with sea lions. We slowly motored past them. It was quite satisfying to be at their level and so close to them. I feel like I ended up with a family portrait instead of a wildlife photo.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

This is one otter trying to persuade another otter to share its meal. It wasn't very successful.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

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

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Snowy Egret and Great Egret

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

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

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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(164 views)
by Terry Costales

Close up of a male sea lion. According to Wiki, "Zalophus californianus" means "Californian big-head" because a male grows a crest of bone on top of his head that causes a bulging forehead.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows just part of a very large raft of otters we saw in the Elkhorn Slough. The older individuals had light faces, and such cute faces they were.

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Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri )

(162 views)
by Terry Costales

This Stellar's Jay held down a butterfly and pulled off it's wing's. Naughty bird.

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