A beautiful melanistic Crotalus oreganus helleri, who had just envenomated (next image)
Pseudacris regilla, Escondido falls.
Elgaria multicarinata, Escondido falls.
Taricha torosa, Escondido falls.
Birds seen minutes prior to photo in area.
watched bird feed and walk across sand.
track in sand next to lagoon. bird observed making track
1st photo - front track in mud. at least 5 days old
2nd photo - hind tracks, same spot
Uncertain of Species ID. I just know it's a toad/frog
Birds foraging on beach at mouth of Malibu Lagoon
Coyote front track in moist mud
Bobcat near "MASH" site at Malibu Creek State Park, CA Santa Monica Mountains
Observed on the Backbone Trail between Kanan Dume Road and Zuma Fire Road. This was the only lizard I observed this morning. Gusty winds (gust in the 30's) with temps in the low 60's.
Found under a rock in a dry pond bed in Rocky Oaks. Did not sex.
Adult male crossing the trail into dense riparian understory vegetation. I was surprised to find this snake out mid-day when temps were in the high 70's. In this riparian area, temps were slightly cooler but still probably 74F. It rained 9 days earlier and there had been a heavy fog along the coast that cleared early to mid morning.
the background lime-green plants.
to right of bobcat
13mm length. Found by Shane Anderson. I'm posting several old photos (scanned from 35mm slides) of species of Doriopsilla so that they can be viewed by a colleague who is working on the taxonomy of the pacific coast members of the genus.
Near bird enclosure
Jumping from tree to tree
In sycamore tree
The heavy fog throughout the morning produced a light mist and the first moisture on the ground in quite some time. This tarantula was observed only about 20 minutes after the overcast broke up.