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It doesn’t look like Earth

Out & About

One of the most beautiful areas of San Diego County is La Jolla at low tide.

There’s nothing quite like it with its natural beauty looking like something from Mars; its pelicans, cormorants, sea lions, and seals; and its opportunities for great sunsets.

Here’s a slide show to illustrate:

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Never again

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It’s rare that people are in my pictures but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

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That giant pelican is located near the Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach:

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

Crystal Pier Hotel in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California

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Enjoy life. Make waves.

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It’s rare that I see a lone mallard.

Either they are in a flock of a dozen or so, a pair during breeding season, or a mommy with lots of little ones.

So when I saw this one all alone just swimming its little feet off, I couldn’t resist adding words to its picture:

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Meal time is for the birds!

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I love to watch wildlife eat.

I don’t always have a great appreciation for some of the things they eat, but I love watching just the same.

Here is a video of meal time for the African Openbilled Storks (Anastomus lamelligerus) at the San Diego Zoo:

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I’m wondering if you can guess the native habitat of the African Openbilled Stork…………LOL

As you can see from the video, they eat snails, mollusks, and—gulp—mice. I liked the way several of the birds picked up a mouse, walked over to the water, and proceeded to wash their food before they ate it….

Although not endangered globally, they are threatened in South Africa by habitat loss, entanglement in fishing lines, and pesticides added to water to control mosquitoes.

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#1 on my list

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The Top 3 on my list of favorite birds is (1) Flamingo, (2) Pelican, and (3) Hummingbird.

We have pelicans and hummingbirds here in San Diego.

Lots of them.

No wild flamingos though.

Fortunately, the Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld have thriving colonies of Flamingos, and if one goes on a regular basis, one can watch the adults build nests, lay eggs, care for the eggs, care for the chicks…. the whole family thing from beginning to end.

Well, actually, I have never seen the end, but everything else is a lot of fun to watch.

Here are five Photographic Art stamps of flamingos, nests, egg, and a chick from a visit to the Zoo a couple of weeks ago:

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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FUN FACT
The world’s oldest flamingo,
a resident of the Adelaide Zoo in Australia,
died at the age of 83 in January 2014.

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Enjoy life. Make waves!

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After three consecutive days of rain, we’ve had three consecutive days of absolute beauty.

THIS is the San Diego that I’ve come to know and love, especially since lots of sunshine lets me get out and about to explore and take pictures.

Here’s one that I really like from yesterday:

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Taken at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.

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The Birds

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When I was eight and living in Brigham City, Utah, mom and dad came home one afternoon talking about the birds. I have always loved birds, and all animals actually, but what they were saying about the birds really had me upset. I couldn’t picture birds attacking people, killing them, and eating them. That’s not like any birds I’ve ever seen. Eventually I found out that they were talking about a movie.

Ah, movies. A couple of friends and I used to sneak into the local movie theater to watch movies free since we couldn’t afford the 25¢ ticket.

Ever since then, whenever I’m in the midst of billions and billions of birds, I think of Alfred Hitchcock and “The Birds.”

So when I was at Chollas Lake Park the other day feeding the birds, yep, flashbacks.

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