Sleepy Macaque

Sleepy Macaque

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Resting in a tree in Tonsai, Thailand.

Grooming Macaques

Grooming Macaques

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Some sleepy looking Macaques in Tonsai, Thailand.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

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In the cold of a December morning I crept into the small wooden hut before dawn and waited. Just enough room for me and my camera gear, there was a hole in the wall big enough for a camera lens to peer through. In the early grey light this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) perched and sat, contemplating who knows what.

Klamath Basin, California.

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

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Perched like a watchman, this Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) waits. Every winter 800-1000 bald eagles congregate on the frozen landscape of the Klamath Basin, a wetlands and wildlife refuge. The Eagles are attracted to and prey upon the thousands of other water fowl who stop over here on their migrations.

Takeoff

Takeoff

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This Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) takes off in a snow storm. Once endangered by hunting and pesticides, Bald Eagles have flourished under protection.

Klamath Basin, California.

Austral Parakeets fighting

Austral Parakeets fighting

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The world's southernmost ranging Parakeet, (Enicognathus ferrugineus), is found here in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Patagonian Argentina.

Released Bighorn

Released Bighorn

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This female Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis sierrae) takes off after being released into its new territory.

Owens River Valley, California.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Blindfolded

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Blindfolded

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This male adult Bighorn is held by two volunteers. Blindfolded and hobbled, the sheep is relaxed as long as it is held and cannot see. After measurements and samples are taken, he will be relocated to a new area in hopes to increase the population's range. From these efforts the sheep's number and range have been increasing, but more work is needed before they can be removed from the Endangered Species List.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

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It was a magical morning that I captured this Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) on camera with the light just right as it waded in the shallows of the mud flats searching for small fish.

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California.

Raven and Bridal Veil Fall

Raven and Bridal Veil Fall

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The Raven (Corvus corax) posed for me at this classic view point of Bridal Veil fall in Yosemite National Park.

California

Pack Horse at Lago Pehoe

Pack Horse at Lago Pehoe

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In the Torres Del Paines National Park lies the ultra blue waters of Lago Pehoe. Gauchos and their horses roam the grasslands near the lake.

Chile

Coyote and Bison

Coyote and Bison

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The All American Trickster, the Coyote (Canis latrans) can't do any harm to this group of American Bison (Bison bison). 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

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These Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) try to fade into their surroundings in the Klamath Basin, California.

Bison Herd

Bison Herd

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The plains seem to stretch on forever in Badlands National Park. This herd of American Bison (Bison bison) have it all to themselves.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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Perched in front of its aerie, this Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), had at least one chick that could be heard begging for food. Castle Rock State Park, California.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

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A male species of Sialia currucoides. 

Castle Rocks State Park, Idaho.

Fijian Crab

Fijian Crab

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Fiji Islands.

Tortoise

Tortoise

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Santa Cruz, California.

Snowy White Tails

Snowy White Tails

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White Tailed Deer, (Odocoileus virginianus).

Mato Tipila (Devils Tower National Monument), Wyoming.

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

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This was my first spotting of the North American Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana). Commonly called an Antelope, they are actually the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae.

Northern Utah

Brown Pelican flying

Brown Pelican flying

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Pelecanus Occidentalis flying gracefully in blue skies.

Santa Cruz, California.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

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North America’s littlest falcon, the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body.

Klamath Basin, California.

Sea otter relaxing

Sea otter relaxing

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This Southern Sea Otter, also known as a California Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) appears to be laying back and soaking up the early morning rays. Listed as an endangered species in 1977, the otter has rebounded in recent years with the 2016 population reaching 3,272 individuals. And for the first time, the otter numbers have exceeded 3,090, the total that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says is needed to be met for three years in a row before they can be considered for removal from the endangered species list.

Moss Landing, California.

Sea Lion Napping

Sea Lion Napping

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The California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) takes a nap at the popular surf spot, Steamer Lane, in Santa Cruz, California.

Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers

Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers

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A mother (Sphyrapicus varius) tends to her chick nested in a cavity of an Aspen Tree.

City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho.

Western Grebe

Western Grebe

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Aechmophorus occidentalis glides through water that is colored greens and blues from the reflection of nearby docked boats.

Moss Landing harbor, California

American Bison at Sunset

American Bison at Sunset

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Blood orange sunset and Bison bison silhouette.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

American Bison youth

American Bison youth

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A small to midsize Bison, (Bison Bison). 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Dinosaurs Roam this Earth

Dinosaurs Roam this Earth

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These Herons stalking prey in the Arcata Marsh made me feel as if I'd gone back in time to when Dinosaurs still roamed this earth.

California

Chilean Flamingos

Chilean Flamingos

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Phoenicopterus chilensis line up in the lakes clear waters near El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina. This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is suspected that it will undergo a moderately rapid population decline over the next three generations owing to egg-harvesting, hunting, disturbance and the degradation of its habitat.

Butterfly on Flower

Butterfly on Flower

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Banteay Srey Butterfly Center. Siam Reap, Cambodia.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

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Elkhorn Slough, California.

Coyote Trap

Coyote Trap

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I came across this strange scene in the Eastern Sierra. I'm not sure what happened here, but the image captivated me. Though the common North American Coyote (Canis latrans) has been continually hunted and trapped for the past ~200 years this persistent and iconic species continues to thrive.

Sheep in Helicopter

Sheep in Helicopter

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These three endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis sierrae) get a brief helicopter ride to waiting scientists. They are measured, weighed, and blood and stool samples are taken. Then they are transported to a new area, all in the hopes that this endangered species gains a new foothold in it's home range.

Owens River Valley, California.

Spider

Spider

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Appearing to float in mid air this hand sized spider was rumored to catch small birds in its web.

Tonsai, Thailand.

Gecko on a Fence Post

Gecko on a Fence Post

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Tonsai, Thailand.

Marching to Sea

Marching to Sea

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These Magellanic Penguins, (Spheniscus magellanicus), make their way to the sea. I couldn't help but reminded of the Beatles album cover, Abbey Road.

Punta Tombo Penguin colony, Chubut Province, Argentina.

Chicks in the Nest

Chicks in the Nest

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Two young Magellanic Penguin chicks (Spheniscus magellanicus) take a rest in their burrow.

Punta Tombo, Chubut province, Argentina.

Mother Penguin and chick

Mother Penguin and chick

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Mother penguin rests her head protectively on her chick. (Spheniscus magellanicus). 

Punta Tombo, Chubut province, Argentina.

Harbor Seals Snoozing

Harbor Seals Snoozing

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These 5 Harbor Seals, (Phoca vitulina) take a nap on a dock in Moss Landing, California.

Dreadlock Bison

Dreadlock Bison

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Every spring the American bison (Bison bison) sheds it's fur. It's very itchy and they scratch themselves on whatever they can find.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

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This Black Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is reluctant to share its territory with this Burrowing Owl, (Athene cunicularia), which often makes it's home in old Praire Dog burrows, sometimes returning year after year.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

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Ardea alba slowly stalking prey in the sunrise reflected shallows near Moss Landing, California.

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

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Blending into the white overcast skies these snow geese fly in formation over the frozen wonderland of wildlife that is the Klamath Basin.

California.

The North American Pronghorn

The North American Pronghorn

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Antilocapra americana roams the hills and plateaus of the San Rafael Swell in Utah.

Pronghorn Pair

Pronghorn Pair

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This pair of Pronghorns (Antilocapra americana) was wandering the brushy plateaus of the San Rafael Swell.

Utah

Spiral Shell

Spiral Shell

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Spiral patterns are found everywhere in nature from the microcosm to the macrocosm. This tiny shell was about the size of my thumbnail.

KareKare Beach, New Zealand