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02-09-2017, 12:37 PM - 3 Likes   #5236
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I was going through some old photos. Trying to clean up my storage and found this photo of an American white pelican with chicks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tmlawes Quote
I was going through some old photos. Trying to clean up my storage and found this photo of an American white pelican with chicks.
Glad you found it!
The chickadee below turned his face right into the AF spot, so he looks good even in this crop.
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Little Egret I saw today at Zoo Lake after my daily walk. Just love this bird!
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Little Egret I saw today at Zoo Lake after my daily walk. Just love this bird!
Very similar to our snowy egret. You can just make out his yellow feet through the water.

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02-09-2017, 05:26 PM   #5240
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Caspian tern chicks certainly rate higher on the "cuteness" scale than do the pelican chicks.
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Generally, precocial chicks are much cuter.

Tuatara, not a lizard, The sole survivor of a reptile group called Rhynchocephalia. It's a "living fossil" as the group had it's heyday before the Age of Dinosaurs really got underway.
The soft fluorescent lighting provided the weird color.
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ok, we are off the birds, on to the carnivores

one of the two adolescent cheetahs we found feeding on a Thomson's Gazelle in the Serengeti National Park.

I had a hard time cropping this photo because, in capturing real life, the remains of the Gazelle was present and the active feeding might not be acceptable to some - yes that reddish tint is blood.

(so should I had gone for reality or "censure" the scene and end up with a cropped photo that isn't quite what I liked???)

It was interesting in watching the behavior because it was obvious they were nervous, grabbing a mouthful or two, then standing or sitting upright and scanning the area around the kill. The two cheetahs actually were taking turns following that pattern.

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Deer having a munch. Cheetahs are flyweights easily and regularly driven off their own kill by lions or hyenas, and at least the lions will attack & potentially kill a cheetah - if they can get ahold of one which is really difficult for them.

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Buck having a nibble. Cheetahs are flyweights easily driven off their kill by lions or hyena. Lions will kill a cheetah if they can get ahold of one, which is very difficult for a lion to do. Small wonder cheetahs are wary around their kills - dangerous if a lion gets too close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Deer having a munch. Cheetahs are flyweights easily and regularly driven off their own kill by lions or hyenas, and at least the lions will attack & potentially kill a cheetah - if they can get ahold of one which is really difficult for them.

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Buck having a nibble. Cheetahs are flyweights easily driven off their kill by lions or hyena. Lions will kill a cheetah if they can get ahold of one, which is very difficult for a lion to do. Small wonder cheetahs are wary around their kills - dangerous if a lion gets too close.
That is what we were told. I also learned that they are fast but don't have stamina and their muscles will freeze up with lactic acid and basically cramp them up. As noted they are too small to defend or carry off their kill.
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A little duck doing what little ducks do !!


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remember "duck, duck, goose"

Duck Duck Goose

I particularly like how the reflection creates the illusion of how long the Canada Goose was.

photographed at the Topeka Zoological Park with my K 3 + HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW (hand held)
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That was a quick turn around from predators . The beautiful Carmine Bee Eater
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
That was a quick turn around from predators . The beautiful Carmine Bee Eater
don't blame me

nice photo
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How about a compromise: a bird that is a predator, or at least a carnivore, or maybe you'd prefer piscivore.
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