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Little birds, pretty birds, ugly birds, big birds, not-birds, and really big birds

I livew in my own little world

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A selection of birds from the past couple of months, some from Balboa Park, some from the Zoo, some from Mission Bay Park, some from Little Italy.

Hummingbird in storm clouds at Balboa ParkHummingbird and storm clouds

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Mallard at Balboa ParkMallard

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Not-bird (Bird of Paradise flower)Bird of Paradise flower

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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooIMG_3124 framed

Blue-crowned hanging parrot

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Mallard ducklings (next two pictures) at the San Diego ZooMallard chicks

Mallard ducklings

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Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove at the San Diego ZooYellow-breasted Fruit Dove

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Flamingo at the San Diego ZooFlamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo mommy and egg at the San Diego ZooFlamingo egg at the San Diego Zoo

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Always someone who has to stand out from the crowd
San Diego ZooFlamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Mandarin Duck at the San Diego ZooMandarin Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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California Condor at the San Diego ZooCalifornia Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego ZooSecretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Steller’s Sea Eagle at the San Diego ZooSteller's Sea Eagle at the San Diego Zoo

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Great White Pelican at the San Diego ZooGreat White Pelican at the San Diego Zoo

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Great Blue Heron visiting the San Diego ZooGreat Blue Heron visiting the San Diego Zoo

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If you’re not going to share….
Chollas Lake ParkRock Pigeon and Ground Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park

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Unknown bird at Mission Bay ParkUnknown bird at Mission Bay Park

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Flash video of the unknown bird fishing at Mission Bay Park

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Black-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay ParkBlack-crowned Night Heron at Mission Bay Park

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Surprise
Rose Garden at Balboa Park

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Really big bird flying over Little Italy

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

A short visit to SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld

Some pictures and two flash videos from a recent visit to SeaWorld San Diego.

Polar bearPolar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Great Blue Heron (a visitor to SeaWorld like me!)Great blue heron at SeaWorld San Diego

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Emperor PenguinEmperor penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea TurtleSea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Flamingos and Manta thrill rideFlamingos at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtleSea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Stonefish (can you find one of its eyes?)Stonefish at SeaWorld San Diego

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Turtle Reef without the turtles

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Flamingo lagoon and Manta thrill ride

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End of the world postponed, so it’s off to the San Diego Zoo!

San Diego Zoo logo

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I was successful at getting the Mayans to postpone the end of the world to 3012. Of course, just like the government, that means I kicked the problem down the road. We’ll let our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren deal with it.

Meanwhile, enjoy some more pictures of wildlife that make the San Diego Zoo their home. I hope I’m not boring you with San Diego Zoo pictures. If I am, well, bear with me; it’s my favorite place to go to get away from it all and relax for a couple of hours.

Arabian oryx at the San Diego Zoo

I’m not sure I would want to run around all my life with three-foot spikes sticking out of my head, but maybe next Halloween I’ll try it.

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Lesser kudu at the San Diego Zoo

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Ross's Goose at the San Diego Zoo

Several decades ago I worked as a copywriter/editor/proofer for the University Press, the College of Science, and the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. That’s when I overcame my fear of the possessive S, as in Ross’s Goose above.

There are a couple of general rules that you can follow which are good in 99% of the cases. First, if you pronounce the possessive S, then use the apostrophe S. Since I pronounce Ross’s as Ross-es, I spell it with the apostrophe S. A couple of well-known exceptions are Jesus and Texas. Even though you pronounce the possessive S, you don’t use the S after the apostrophe (Jesus’, not Jesus’s, and Texas’, not Texas’s).

Another exception is that you don’t use the ending S if the following word begins with an S. For example, if that were Ross’ Snow Goose, the S that would normally be after the apostrophe gets left off. Too many Ses (S’s?) in a row would make you think of, what? A snake.

Albino Burmese Python at the San Diego Zoo

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Ring-necked Duck at the San Diego Zoo

Mr. Ring-necked Duck looks like he has a little attitude. I promised him that none of my blog readers would make fun of him, so be sure to LIKE him.

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Smew at the San Diego Zoo

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Andean Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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These next two birds might not actually make their homes at the San Diego Zoo because they are free to come and go, visiting the wonderful San Diego area at will. However, if you could make your home at the San Diego Zoo, where you would get regular feedings and have people oooh and aaah over you, well, wouldn’t you?………:)

Great Blue Heron at the San Diego Zoo

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Great Egret at the San Diego Zoo

I’ve always known the Great Egret by that name but recently I read a blog from a blogger in Florida who called it a Great White Heron, which is also one of its common names.

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Marbled Duck at the San Diego Zoo

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Ashy-headed Goose at the San Diego Zoo

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Coronated Fruit Dove at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston's Crocodile at the San Diego Zoo

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Fishing Cat at the San Diego Zoo

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Visayan Warty Pig at the San Diego Zoo

The Visayan Warty Pig is a juvenile, so it does not have a single wart yet.

Once you see an adult, you’ll truly believe that there are faces that only a mother could love.

Here, let me show you one:

Visayan Warty Pig at the San Diego Zoo

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Hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo

The hippopotamus is a young one, born on January 26, 2011, which happens to be my wise old grandmother‘s birthday. She would have been exactly 100 years old, so I have a special fondness for that little hippo.

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Brown pelican

Cooperative water fowl

Picture of the Moment

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On my walk out at Mission Bay late this afternoon the water fowl were being very cooperative.

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

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Snowy egret

Snowy egret

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Brown pelican

Brown pelican

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