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Symbiartic

Your Chance to Own a Piece of Natural History

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Just as my parents can recall their first television sets and marvel at how I have never known life without it, and we can all remember our first cell phone while our children ping from iPhone to iPad and think nothing of video chatting with friends thousands of miles away, it’s hard for most of [...]

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Symbiartic

SciArt of the Day: Cuckoos, Nightjars, Pootoos… yes, Pootoos!

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We’re tossing it up today at SciArt of the Day to offer a plate from the ubiquitous Peterson Field Guides to birds of the world. Keep an eye out later this afternoon for a more detailed post on an auction of 500 original paintings and 200 wildlife photographs by Peterson being held this week in [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

‘Mystery’ birds from Brazil

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While in Rio recently (for the International Symposium on Pterosaurs: see write-up here), I saw an enormous number of birds, virtually all of which were new to me. I photographed many of them (some were too elusive, or too fleetingly seen, to be captured on film, alas) and, when time allows, I’ve been going through [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Muppet or Flamingo?

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Sometimes, from just the right angle, a flamingo strongly resembles a muppet. Life imitates art, which imitates life. Photo taken July 14, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens. Previously: Photoblogging: Flamingo Family

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Secretary Bird

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Photo taken October 11, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo with a Canon 60D and Canon 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Airborne Pelicans

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It’s interesting what a small change in wing position does to a photo of a single bird. In this first photo of a Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, the forward bend in the wings gives the bird a magnificent, almost regal quality. But the illusion of a slight backwards fold in the wings – really due [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: More California Gulls

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Following on last week’s California gull photo, here are a few more from that day. It’s a lesson in composition: the top photo tells a story. It places the bird in context. You can clearly see the next jetty across the channel, the Santa Monica Bay parasailer in the distance, and then the Santa Monica [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Seagull in Flight

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Most people in Los Angeles interact with seagulls – that is, the California gull, Larus californicus – mainly by shooing them away from our picnics at the beach. The birds are so habituated to the presence of humans that they’re not easily scared away. In an impressive display of cognitive sophistication, it seems as if [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Photoblogging: Blue-Footed Booby

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Blue-footed boobies – those birds made famous by their mating dance – are being spotted all over the Los Angeles area and as far north as Marin County. It’s rare, but not unheard of, for boobies to find their way to the California coast. Still, the sightings had birders, myself included, out in search of [...]

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