Tender Moments For Tuesday: 15 August 2017

I need a break from all of the hate. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking shit and nonsense. I see people doing nothing but ensuring that they are part of the problem, and doing nothing to be part of the solution. The lunatics have officially taken over the asylum, from what I’ve seen. At least my sanctuary in my little corner of the world remains solid, fortified, and secure. The royal fortress in the meadow stands tall!

Apologies for the quality of the pictures; they’re the best that I could take on short notice, with only my cell-phone camera!

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Egyptian Quackers in Germany~

How about some beautiful Egyptian geese for the first full day of summer? I don’t refer to geese as quackers – that name goes to ducks – I call them “honkers!”

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Is there anything more winsome than newly hatched Egyptian goslings?

Mama is quite a beauty too!

Germany has a wonderful selection of exotic birds swimming in their lakes and rivers.

Egyptian Geese originated in the Nile Valley and Africa, and were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians who first domesticated them.

People bought these geese as ornamental birds and many escaped, establishing feral colonies all over Western Europe.

I saw these beauties swimming in The Neckar River in Heidelberg during my April trip.

Cheers to you from The Holler, and from the hopefully, still-happily paddling geese in Germany~

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Saturday Scenery: Squirrel & Deer

The Toronto Blue Jays are currently handing the Seattle Mariners their third straight loss in as many days (7 – 2), so I decided to share a few pictures which I snapped on my cellphone over the past couple of months. I’ll invest in a proper camera one of these days, but roof repairs take a much higher priority!

Also, today’s gaming session begins at 1500 PDT – I hope that you tune in for the AvA action!

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Foraging at the fence-line

Striking a pose…

…but she noticed the blinds moving, even though I was being cautious!

“Bob” the squirrel, raiding one of the feeders…

…a chickadee flew in to wait her turn…

…she jumped on the side opposite “Bob” to grab a seed.

“Easy there, greedy-guts! Save some for the rest of us!”

This feeder is just outside of my front door.

“Bob” kept a watchful eye as I got a bit closer…

Ready for your close-up, little buddy?

He finally had enough of me standing there, and gave me the stink-eye before hopping down and scampering away!

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Beautiful close-ups of these magnificent, majestic birds. Perfection!
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Ellie Seal Pups~

These pups are too cute! Thanks for sharing, Cindy!
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Piedras Blancas in California has a thriving rookery of Northern Elephant Seals, a sub-species of the largest seals in the world reaching up to 5000 pounds and 16 feet in length. Pups are born here mostly in the month of January.

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Births peak mid January.
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Over 5000 births occur annually here. Some nice mamas like this one, feed pups other than their own!

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Elephant seals nurse for about a month, during this time, mothers stay with pups continuously and do not return to to the sea to feed until weaning is complete.

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Elephant Seal milk is the richest milk in the mammalian world, which it needs to be since elephant seals grow so rapidly. This cheeky seagull pecked this little pup causing him to unlatch during nursing, releasing milk, which the seagull tried to drink!

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Mama obviously did not approve!
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There are still newborns in the rookery now, identifiable byโ€ฆ

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Salton Sea Shorebirds~

Some beautiful photos of wintering waterfowl – thanks for sharing, Cindy!
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Snowy Egret hunting for dinner,

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plunges his beak,
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and pulls out a fish!
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Night Herons, White Faced Ibis, Snowy Egrets and Great White Herons, block my path!

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424 different bird species have been identified at The Salton Sea, including this handsome Snowy Egret with striped stocking legs.
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The placid Black Bellied Plover eats bugs in the sand,
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while White Pelicans lumber off as I near.
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They soon skid back,
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flashing irked looks my way!
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Great Blue Herons watch as if saying, โ€œIโ€™m a very big bird, you better be careful, if you come my way!โ€
Cheers to you from the wintering shorebirds at The Salton Sea~

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Living Planet Index Report in Pictures

Conservations matters…just because something doesn’t happen in your backyard, or affect you personally, doesn’t make it irrelevant or unimportant.
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Global wildlife populations will decline by 67% by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to reduce human impact on species and ecosystems, warns the biennial Living Planet Index report from WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London). From elephants to eels, here are some of the wildlife populations most affected by human activity.

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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST (SALMON)

That’s a good-sized salmon…sushi, bear-style!
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A MOUTHFUL!

Some active bears snacking on fresh salmon! Love these photos – they’re perfect!
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Because bears are close to the ground,they cannot see down into the water very well.We are taller & thus can see down into the water better.If you could fly up into the air & look straight down,youโ€™d be able to see all the salmon swimming about in that stream.

Some bears have found a way of getting around this ocular disabilty.They know the salmon are swimming around but cannot see them.They look for the fin on the back of the salmon to poke above the water.This is the salmons dorsal fin.The salmon probably isnโ€™t even aware that their fin is above the water? This can only happen in the shallows ย or when the salmon swims close to the surface. Smart bears look for these fins as a โ€œHi,Iโ€™m over hereโ€sign.They charge into the water & lunge after the fin knowing there is a tasty salmon there.

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A SUNSET ROMEO

Beautiful sunset shots of “Romeo” the eagle…Wayne takes some phenomenal photographs of many fascinating critters!
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