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09-16-2015, 10:18 AM - 1 Like   #2581
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So does this little guy.


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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
Very nice. It really draws attention to the animal's behaviour. It's a welcome change from the many front-lit African savannah mammal photos.
Thank you!

Here's another, showing the more mundane activity- walking for endless miles.
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A little grooming.

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A backlit pigeon guillemot. I like how the fish is illuminated though.


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The undulating water is also pleasant. Another image of the Sykes (Blue) Monkey.

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A breeding pair of lions
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Elephants milling about. Is there a good collective other that "herd" for elephants? Perhaps a ponderousness of elephants?


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Maybe trumpet of elephants ? Anyway, here's another oldie- from 2009, which I don't think i've posted yet.
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I wonder if that handsome fellow is still alive. He looks like poacher bait.
Cape buffalo

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And another favorite bird - Jacana. The male raises the brood.
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Other than ostrich and cassowary, there's another bird (species escapes me) that breeds in far northern Canada in which the male does all the incubation and hatchling care. In some such "role-reversal" species the female may guard a territory containing several nests with males incubating her eggs.
This is about my last good image of an oystercatcher.

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Bongo, a captive.

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A young white faced duckling trying out its wings. A long way to go!
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Young birds flap their wings to exercise them, in a sense to practice flying. Experiment done at least 50 years back: Hand raise a passerine bird but keep its wings immobile (when it got larger, they inserted it in a cardboard tube from the center of a toilet-paper roll). Then, when it is fully adult having completed the growth of the adult feathers, take it out and toss it into the air. What happened? The bird flew perfectly, just as well as a normally raised bird. So the ability to fly is a matter of physical growth & maturing, not exercising or practicing by flapping their wings. So, why do they do it?

And a hartebeest.

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