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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Feeding Time at the Flamingoes

It's interesting how mother Flamingoes feed their young.  They stay like that for quite a while.

     

Cinta - Malayan Tiger at the San Diego Zoo

Here are a few new images of Cinta, one of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo.





Click here to see more images of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
     

Hippos (Mother and Son) at the San Diego Zoo

I had a chance to get some pictures of Funani and her just over a year old son Tony at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday.  

Here's Tony.  I overheard a tour guide mentioning that he weighs in at about 900 pounds right now.  When you see him next to his mother, you can tell just how small that is . .  . for a hippo.




Here he is with his mother Funani.


Click here to see more images of Funani and Tony, hippos at the San Diego Zoo.
     

Komodo dragon - San Diego Zoo

I was wandering around the San Diego Zoo last weekend with a few friends, and we happened to spot the Komodo Dragon sitting in the sun, with the wall behind him in deep shadow.  The sunlight was being diffused by the dirty skylight over his (her? - I have no idea) head, which made for some particularly nice lighting.  They really are beautiful to look at.


     

Amur Leopard - San Diego Zoo

Here are a couple of recent images of Satka, the female Amur Leopard at the San Diego Zoo.  She's been pretty busy lately, keeping after her two new cubs that were born in early April.


This almost doesn't look like the same cat, but it most certainly is.  These were only taken about 15 minutes apart.  The one below was earlier.

     

Cinta and Berani - Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo

Here are a few recent pictures of brothers Cinta and Berani, 4 1/2 year old Malayan Tigers who live at the San Diego Zoo.




It's been pretty hot here lately; they've been spending a lot of time in the pool.


Click here to see a few more images of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo on the weekend of August 11-12, 2018.
       

Monday, August 6, 2018

Amur Leopard Cubs - San Diego Zoo

I managed to get a few new shots of the Amur Leopard cubs at the San Diego Zoo on Saturday morning.





Here are a couple of their mother Satka.


   

Baird's tapir - New Baby at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has a new baby Baird's Tapir, born in June.  They've named him Don.  Apparently he was rejected by his mother so they are hand raising him.  He even has his own Instagram hashtag: #DonTapir.
     
     

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Madagascar - Sort Of

Everyone seems to know the Lemurs of Madagascar, but only some seem to remember the Fossas.  Fossas are the dominant carnivore on the island of Madagascar, and one of their favorite foods seems to be Lemurs.  At the San Diego Zoo the new Fossa habitat is directly across the walkway from the new Lemur habitat.

That might explain these looks.



Or maybe I'm reading too much into this.
 

Cheetah at the San Diego Zoo


Meerkats Waiting for Holiday Festivities

I don't know if these Meerkats were in fact waiting for the Fourth of July fireworks to start, but this was taken on the Fourth, and at least a couple of them look like they're just sort of waiting around for something to happen.


This guy looked particularly relaxed.


Click here to see a few more from the San Diego Zoo on July 4, 2018.
     

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Convict Lake

We stopped at Convict Lake while in the Mammoth area earlier this month.




Actually, we stopped there twice; this next one is from the next morning.

     

Mammoth Lakes, California

Earlier this month we spent a few days at Mammoth Lakes, California.  We drove up from San Diego for a little 5-day road trip, staying 3 nights at the Westin in Mammoth followed by one night at the Dow Villa Motel in Lone Pine on the way home.  Our first day in Mammoth was spent mostly at Devils Postpile National Monument; the next day we wandered around the area checking out the scenery and especially the mountain lakes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

We started our day with a drive up to Minaret Vista, at 9,265' elevation, to get a view of the Sierras.  There was a forest fire not too far away, so the sky was somewhat hazy.




Without knowing it in advance, we somehow managed to time our visit to some good wildflower viewing.




From Minaret Vista you get a pretty good view of Mammoth Mountain and the gondola to the top.  We rode up there back in May of 2013, and had zero visibility due to the clouds.  We decided to skip it this trip, since the sky was still a bit hazy from the fires.



There is a chain of lakes not very far out of town with some spectacular views.


At Horseshoe Lake we found an area where there is an abnormally large concentration of CO2 coming up from the ground due to a series of earthquakes in 1989 that opened cracks underground.  The result so far is an area of over 100 acres of dead and dying trees.


It's a popular recreation spot, but you don't want to spend a lot of time too close to the ground.  There is a sign explaining what is happening, and reminding you that CO2 is heavier than air.



Lots of people were fishing, this one is down the road aways at Lake Mamie.




The road above provided a nice view of Twin Lakes.


Later we drove down to Twin Lakes and walked around. There were a lot of these bright blue dragon flies.


And a few ducks.

   
Click here to see a few more images.  For some reason I've not yet figured out, the blog software seems to be making the images a bit fuzzy - they look a lot better on the gallery in the link.
     

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