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Rounded Earthstar Geastrum saccatum

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wendy5

Date

September 28, 2019 01:09 PM PDT

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Only the second Geastrum saccatum (Earthstar) I've ever seen, and in perfect condition this time

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

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wendy5

Date

September 30, 2019 11:29 AM PDT

Description

This Harbor Seal swam right below us on the pier

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Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera

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wendy5

Date

September 19, 2019 10:03 AM PDT

Description

I was astounded by the holdfast of this Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp), about 2' diameter. This was the largest of three large holdfasts washed ashore. I don't know if it's a single holdfast or a tangle of several. @hfb?

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

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wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:02 PM PDT

Description

I think this may be a juvenile Wood Duck?

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Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis

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wendy5

Date

July 9, 2019 10:28 AM PDT

Description

We were delighted by three Lewis's Woodpeckers who were catching insects, large ones, then returning to the same tree.

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Northern Elephant Seal Mirounga angustirostris

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wendy5

Date

July 13, 2019 07:22 PM PDT

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A huge male Elephant Seal on Protection Island, photographed with a zoom lens from at least 200 meters.

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Tufted Puffin Fratercula cirrhata

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wendy5

Date

July 13, 2019 07:34 PM PDT

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One (maybe two?) Tufted Puffin near Protection Island.

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Date

July 14, 2019 10:38 AM PDT

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One of three 1/2" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) photographed during the minus tide, each a different color.

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Rockhead Bothragonus swanii

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wendy5

Date

July 5, 2019 10:30 AM PDT

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The phenomenal Bothragonus swanii (Rockhead), found by my friend in a tide pool during a minus tide, a first for us. Andy Lamb wonders about the purpose of the hole in its head.

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Northern Kelp Crab Pugettia producta

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wendy5

Date

July 1, 2019 11:39 AM PDT

Description

This poor Pugettia producta (Northern Kelp Crab) was covered in kelp! I wonder if the kelp attached to the carapace before or after it molted?

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Northern Pacific Tree Frog Pseudacris regilla

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wendy5

Date

June 18, 2019 08:28 AM PDT

Description

Such amazing variety of coloration in the local Pseudacris regilla (Northern Pacific Treefrog).

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Pigeon Guillemot Cepphus columba

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wendy5

Date

June 3, 2019 02:12 PM PDT

Description

Pigeon Guillemots were calling to each other with their heads tilted back. A courting ritual?

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Grasswidow Olsynium douglasii

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wendy5

Date

May 9, 2019 01:19 PM PDT

Description

Two huge meadows of Olsynium douglasii (Satin Flower), the first I'd ever seen!

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Fire-star Orchid Epidendrum radicans

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wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 03:56 PM PST

Description

A beautiful wild orchid near Arenal Volcano. Our naturalist guide called it the Spanish Flag orchid.

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 02:22 PM PST

Description

This 2" long beetle is a pale greenish color with bumps, some larger than most.

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Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

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wendy5

Date

February 25, 2019 11:05 AM PST

Description

This area has abundant Brown Pelicans, many fishing close to shore, and others resting on trees on small islands.

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Painted Ghost Crab Ocypode gaudichaudii

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wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 03:20 PM PST

Description

I was excited to find my first Painted Ghost Crab. Its carapace was quite small, only about 1" across. The second photo shows what a large area it sprays with sand in digging its hole. I waited a long time for it to emerge from its hole. They are very shy around people.

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Central American Agouti Dasyprocta punctata

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wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 07:35 AM PST

Description

This is the first agouti that has permitted a photo. He was foraging on our hotel grounds, and I followed him from a distance, listening to his gnawing. Very sweet profile and a tiny tail! The second photo shows how easily he walks downhill.

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Yellow-headed Caracara Milvago chimachima

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wendy5

Date

February 24, 2019 09:57 AM PST

Description

This Yellow-headed Caracara flew down to the beach for a quick snack. What a magnificent bird!

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Central American Squirrel Monkey Saimiri oerstedii

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2019 02:47 PM PST

Description

A few Squirrel Monkeys, including one juvenile, leapt about on trees beside our hotel room. Hard to say how many-- four maybe. A White-throated Capuchin Monkey came and chased them away.

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White-throated Capuchin Cebus capucinus

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wendy5

Date

February 22, 2019 09:42 AM PST

Description

The White-throated Monkeys groomed each other intently, with very serious expressions.

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Lesson's Motmot Momotus lessonii

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2019 02:51 PM PST

Description

This incredibly beautiful Blue-crowned Motmot posed on a tree for me in perfect lighting, and my camera didn't work. Fortunately a few seconds later it worked and I got these photos showing its beautiful feathers and facial markings.

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Chestnut-mandibled Toucan Ramphastos ambiguus ssp. swainsonii

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wendy5

Date

February 14, 2019 01:33 PM PST

Description

This magnificent Chestnut-mandibled Toucan was one of a pair in a tree very close to our hotel.

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Collared Araçari Pteroglossus torquatus

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wendy5

Date

February 13, 2019 02:43 PM PST

Description

This Collared Araçari was feeding on fruits/berries in a tree near the Arenal Volcano. My favorite bird.

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Mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta palliata

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wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:50 AM PST

Description

Three adult Howler Monkeys and one baby rested and moved around a bit in the trees above the beach.

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Turquoise-browed Motmot Eumomota superciliosa

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wendy5

Date

February 16, 2019 08:42 AM PST

Description

We were thrilled to finally find a Turquoise-browed Motmot, right above the beach.

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 01:58 PM PST

Description

My second Nine-banded Armadillo in two days. This one had more pink on its skin. It reacted exactly the same way as the one yesterday-- foraging happily while I photographed, and then seeing me, and running away, terrified.

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Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 07:18 AM PST

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals , a dream of mine for many years. This female was easier to photograph than the male.

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Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 07:13 AM PST

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

I was thrilled to finally see three Resplendent Quetzals, a dream of mine for many years. This male was hidden below a hanging bridge. I leaned onto my back and hung my camera over the side in order to get a photo. The other juvenile male I saw flew past us with no photo.

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Yellow-throated Euphonia Euphonia hirundinacea

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2019 10:07 AM PST

Description

Our first Yellow-crowned Euphonias, so spectacular. Poor bird has a hurt foot.

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White-nosed Coati Nasua narica

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wendy5

Date

February 14, 2019 10:59 AM PST

Description

I was thrilled to see my first White-nosed Coati yesterday, and today there were about 20 roaming the grounds of our hotel, digging into the grass. The second photo shows the long claws.

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wendy5

Date

February 15, 2019 04:12 PM PST

Description

I found one tide pool with about ten Dolabrifera dolabrifera, perfectly camouflaged.

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Rufous Motmot Baryphthengus martii

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wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:14 AM PST

Description

The Broad-billed Motmot and the Rufous Motmot are similar, and we saw both.

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Central American Spider Monkey Ateles geoffroyi

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wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 07:53 AM PST

Description

About two dozen Spider Monkeys swung and foraged in the trees, including at least one mother with baby and a few juveniles.

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Crested Guan Penelope purpurascens

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wendy5

Date

February 12, 2019 02:38 PM PST

Description

This morning we saw a pair of Crested Guans in profile with dawn light in a forest. This afternoon across the fence from the hotel property, I heard, then saw a pair fly into an enormous tree and got to see more detail. Amazing birds!

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Ram's Horn Squid Spirula spirula

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2019 10:04 AM PST

Description

This amazing little 1" shell appeared when we were cleaning trash from the beach!

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

Date

January 22, 2019 02:46 PM PST

Description

This Hooded Merganser must have had something itchy on its skin, as it kept preening and flapping its wings.

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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

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wendy5

Date

December 1, 2018 12:55 PM PST

Description

A pair of Humpback Whales swam between Marrowstone and Whidbey Islands.

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Eurasian Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

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wendy5

Date

June 5, 2018 01:08 AM PDT

Description

We felt incredibly lucky to see one Sciurus vulgaris (Eurasian Red Squirrel) in Grasmere, downtown in the early morning.

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White-lined Dirona Dirona albolineata

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wendy5

Date

August 9, 2018 09:32 AM PDT

Description

We spotted three Dirona albolineata (Frosted Nudibranch) today, bringing my total for the summer to about 25, many more than other summers.

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Pacific Sea Gooseberry Pleurobrachia bachei

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wendy5

Date

April 14, 2018 01:00 PM PDT

Description

I hope this is Pleurobrachia bachei (Sea Gooseberry), as it would be the first I've found! It was only about 1/2" across, like a clear marble.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

Date

April 8, 2018 12:35 PM PDT

Description

This is one of four Bald Eagles I saw today, tearing apart a dead bird with a long leg, perhaps a cormorant? I was on the beach and it was on top of a post in the water.

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Flattened Acid Kelp Desmarestia ligulata

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wendy5

Date

April 5, 2018 02:43 PM PDT

Description

Here's the first Desmarestia ligulata (Broad Acid Weed) I've seen this year, just a few inches long now, and before long it will be many yards long!

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wendy5

Date

April 3, 2018 01:25 PM PDT

Description

I think this is the most beautiful marine worm I've seen yet! Its tail end was encased in muddy sand, and it measured maybe about 9" long. Details of its paddles and head, shown with my macro lens, are amazing, as is its iridescence.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

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wendy5

Date

March 26, 2018 10:47 AM PDT

Description

About a dozen Black-crowned Night Herons perched and/or slept in the cattails and trees

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Red-eye Medusa Polyorchis penicillatus

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wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 10:06 AM PDT

Description

This 1" diameter jelly had 3" bright red triangular dots at the base of its very round bell. Multiple tentacles streamed behind it, about 5" long.

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Branched Dendronotus Dendronotus venustus

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wendy5

Date

March 27, 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Description

This 1" long nudibranch was crawling along seaweed beside the dock. It had large rhinophores and many spiky cerata. Its body was white with tiny brown speckles, and it seemed covered in gold glitter.

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American Coot Fulica americana

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2018 12:44 PM PST

Description

There were about 15 American Coots on this bitterly cold day. The smaller lagoon at Kah Tai was mostly frozen, and the birds all huddled together out of the wind in one small unfrozen part. Only a few Buffleheads stayed in the large lagoon.

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Changeable Lizard Calotes versicolor

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wendy5

Date

January 31, 2018 10:33 PM PST

Description

Another cute Changeable Lizard

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White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

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wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 01:30 AM PST

Description

Another beautiful White-throated Kingfisher

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Indochinese Roller Coracias benghalensis ssp. affinis

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wendy5

Date

February 5, 2018 12:32 AM PST

Description

This large brown and turquoise bird perched on a wire. It was the only one like this I saw, and can't find it in my field guide!

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Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus ssp. malayanus

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2018 09:01 PM PST

Description

This beautiful butterfly was feeding on a zinnia in a small garden on An Binh island.

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Laced Woodpecker Picus vittatus

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wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 02:02 AM PST

Description

This gorgeous woodpecker flew into a tree by the path, pecked at the trunk, and repeatedly groomed itself. A Laced Woodpecker?

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Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis

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wendy5

Date

January 30, 2018 12:54 AM PST

Description

This large and unusual bird with a pale curved beak, a red patch around its eye, and a very long black and white tail flew into a tree by the bike path and stayed just long enough for me to snap two photos.

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Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus

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wendy5

Date

December 16, 2017 03:52 PM PST

Description

We saw about a dozen Marbled Murrelets today, and this was closest, very close to the pier, where I'd never seen one before.

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Northern Feather Duster Worm Eudistylia vancouveri

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wendy5

Date

December 11, 2017 02:19 PM PST

Description

Several Eudistylia vancouveri (Northern Feather duster worm) hang off the dock at this marina

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Columbian Lewisia Lewisia columbiana

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wendy5

Date

July 6, 2017 12:46 PM PDT

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Lewisia columbiana (Columbia Lewisia) was abundant at about 5000' and absolutely gorgeous!

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Date

June 13, 2017 01:16 PM PDT

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This 3/4" Haliclystus stejnegeri (Oval-anchored Stalked Jelly) was feeding in this photo. It is yellower than most I've seen.

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Stalked Kelp Pterygophora californica

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Date

February 18, 2017 03:10 PM PST

Description

The holdfasts on this Pterygophora californica (Old Growth Kelp) were beautiful!

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Spectacular Corolla Corolla spectabilis

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2017 12:59 PM PST

Description

I'm puzzled by these clear, rubbery, hollow mysteries. They are covered in little bumps, like warts. They fit onto the tip of your finger, like a little slipper. Each was almost 2" long, and they appear clear in water. I found about 50 washed shore along the Spit. A Cnidarian? Something similar to Cliopsis krohni?

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Seurat's Hermit Crab Calcinus seurati

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wendy5

Date

January 29, 2017 02:38 PM PST

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The larger Calcinus seurati (Seurat's Hermit Crab) shows off its big left pincer.

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Bull Kelp Nereocystis luetkeana

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wendy5

Date

January 14, 2017 04:09 PM PST

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I was surprised to see ice crystals formed on the Bull Kelp which had washed ashore. It's been so cold, and the kelp was in the shade on the beach. Nothing else had crystals, so I wonder if they were formed from some chemical emitted from the kelp? Once I saw "Silky Hair Ice," which looks like white cotton candy, formed when carbon dioxide made by fungi pushes filaments of ice from logs under certain cold conditions. Here are 5 photos.

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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wendy5

Date

September 25, 2016 01:29 PM PDT

Description

A friend pointed out this beautiful Ramalina menziesii (Fishnet aka Lace Lichen), growing on a Doug Fir and also on a willow right by the bay.

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Penpoint Gunnel Apodichthys flavidus

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wendy5

Date

August 28, 2016 08:19 AM PDT

Description

This gorgeous 9" Penpoint Gunnel was under a rock during the minus tide.

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Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

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wendy5

Date

August 28, 2016 09:02 AM PDT

Description

This is by far the most colorful Anthopleura artemisia (Moonglow anemone) I've ever seen!

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Lacy Crust Bryozoan Membranipora villosa

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wendy5

Date

August 2, 2016 09:28 PM MST

Description

The kelp these days is covered in gorgeous colonies of Membranipora villosa (Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan).

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Sea Clown Triopha Triopha catalinae

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wendy5

Date

July 31, 2016 08:51 AM PDT

Description

I found this stunning Triopha catalinae (Clown Nudibranch) inside an empty Nuttall's Cockle shell during the minus tide. It's the first I've ever found!

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Cascade Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Callospermophilus saturatus

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wendy5

Date

July 21, 2016 03:45 PM PDT

Description

Many inquisitive Callospermophilus saturatus (Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel) hoped for handouts along the Skyline Trail on the slopes of Mt. Rainier. They are larger than chipmunks, and have no streaks on their faces.

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Common Beargrass Xerophyllum tenax

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wendy5

Date

July 21, 2016 08:31 AM PDT

Description

I loved seeing dozens of the short-blooming Xerophyllum tenax (Beargrass) for the first time.

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Lined Chiton Tonicella lineata

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wendy5

Date

June 7, 2016

Description

This Tonicella lineata (Lined Chiton) was only a bit more than 1/2" long, yet one of the prettiest I've ever seen.

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Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

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wendy5

Date

June 9, 2016

Description

This Rufous Hummingbird appears to be teaching a bee how to fly faster.

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Mosshead Warbonnet Chirolophis nugator

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wendy5

Date

June 5, 2016

Description

This 10" Chirolophis nugator (Mosshead Warbonnet) was quite magnificent, even though it was stranded on some kelp during the minus tide.

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Northern Pacific Tree Frog Pseudacris regilla

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wendy5

Date

April 16, 2016

Description

This Pseudacris regilla (Pacific tree frog) has beautiful shades of bronze and green.

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wendy5

Date

April 10, 2016

Description

I saw many Plumularia setacea (Glassy Plume Hydroid) during the minus tide. They are amazing, and look so much like feathers! Most measure about 2 to 3" long.

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Seersucker Kelp Costaria costata

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Date

April 10, 2016

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My favorite kelp-- Costaria costata (Seersucker Kelp).

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Winged Rib Cumathamnion decipiens

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wendy5

Date

April 10, 2016

Description

It's unusual to find Delesseria decipiens (Winged Rib) alive, rather than just a piece washed onto the beach.

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Austral Grass-Tree Xanthorrhoea australis

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

One of my favorite Australian plants, the Xanthorrhoea australis (Southern Grasstree), was very common at this reserve.

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Man Fern Dicksonia antarctica

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

The Soft Tree Ferns (aka Man Ferns) at St. Columba Falls State Park are truly spectacular!

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Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

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wendy5

Date

February 17, 2016

Description

I wonder if this is a Tursiops truncatus (Bottle-nosed Dolphin) or a Common Dolphin? There were about 100 dolphins near our boat.

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Lord Howe Woodhen Gallirallus sylvestris

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wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

The Tricholimnas sylvestris (Woodhen aka Lord Howe Rail) has an amazing success story of being brought back from the edge of extinction on Lord Howe Island. Four lived in the understory of the forest by our hotel, including this adult w/red eye, and this juvenile w/dark eye, who were foraging with the others on the lawn as I hung my laundry.

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White Tern Gygis alba

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Date

February 8, 2016

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Here's an adult Gygis alba (White Tern) showing its beautiful blue bill, huge eyes, and powder blue feet. What a magnificent bird! One day as I rode my bike along the main road, I counted 172 perching in Norfolk Pine trees and flying around the trees.

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Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris

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Date

February 17, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

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This is one of about 100 Thalassarche cauta (White-capped aka Shy Albatross) we saw feeding with gannets and shearwaters. A life dream to see albatrosses!

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New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

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wendy5

Date

February 19, 2016

Description

I was lucky to see this Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) up close, sipping nectar from flowers in a garden, as I walked through the neighborhood.

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Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus

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Date

February 19, 2016

Description

This gorgeous Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) spent a long time on this rock.

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Snakeskin Chiton Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

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wendy5

Date

February 18, 2016

Description

I love the Snakeskin Chiton (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis) of Australia. What an amazing design!

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Blue Linckia Linckia laevigata

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

Apparently these Linckia laevigata sea stars (Blue Linckia) are more common in deeper water than this one, discovered in shallow water at low tide by expert naturalist Ian Hutton.

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wendy5

Date

February 8, 2016

Description

This fern with bumps like braille is Microsorum pustulatus ssp. howensis, an endemic subspecies to Lord Howe Island. Its frond tended to be about a foot long. I saw examples of it growing in many different areas, including along the Malabar trail.

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White-speckled Seahare Aplysia argus

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

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I had never seen a Aplysia dactylomela (Spotted Sea Hare) until going to Lord Howe Island, where I saw dozens at every low tide! This one is about 7" long.

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Sea Lilies Class Crinoidea

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

Description

I had always wanted to see a Feather Star! This 3" Class Crinoidea (Feather Star) is shades of brown and orange. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me during the low tide at Lord Howe Island. Interesting that they are also called Sea Lilies!

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Smooth-handed Ghost Crab Ocypode cordimana

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This tiny 1" Ocypode cordimana (Ghost Crab) surprised me when I was walking on the sandy beach. Its strong defensive personality reminded me of our Green Shore Crabs.

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Umbrella Slug Umbraculum umbraculum

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This Umbraculum umbraculum (Umbrella Snail aka Umbrella Slug) was one of the most unusual creatures I've ever found. I didn't even know it was a snail. When I saw the 2" white shell, I thought it was a piece of plastic and went to pick it up. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for the ID, and later I learned on an Australian website that it's a large marine gastropod mollusk in the group Opisthobranchia.

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Mimic Nudibranch Phyllodesmium rudmani

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wendy5

Date

February 10, 2016

Description

This is the nudibranch that looks like Xenia elongata (a soft coral). Many thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me, and unfortunately I missed its name. The first two photos show it with its amazing purple eggs. The third photo shows the nudibranch on the left, and the Xenia elongata coral w/extended polyps on the right.

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wendy5

Date

February 7, 2016

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This 4” Breynia australasiae (Heart Urchin) lives buried in the sand and with some spines worn away, looked much like a coconut! I watched it move gently through the sand. The second photo shows several tests found along Lagoon Beach. I saw hundreds while snorkeling, but only this one live animal.

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Sea Grapes Caulerpa racemosa

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Date

February 7, 2016

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The Caulerpa racemosa (Sea Grapes) add a beautiful shade of green to the coral reefs around Lord Howe Island. Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for pointing them out to me, and for letting me taste this delicious "vegetarian caviar."

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wendy5

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February 7, 2016

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Another beautiful green Caulerpa seaweed, this is Caulerpa taxifolia, which looks like long, delicate green feathers, adding to the beauty of the Lord Howe Island coral reefs. I'm not surprised it's called Feather Caulerpa! Thanks to naturalist Ian Hutton for showing it to me.

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wendy5

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February 10, 2016

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This huge 6" nudibranch, Platydoris formosa, is the most spectacular nudibranch I've ever seen! Naturalist Ian Hutton spotted it drying out on the rocks during a very low tide, and he placed it underwater, where it immediately revived.

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wendy5

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February 10, 2016

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The beige/turquoise Xenia elongata was my favorite soft coral on Lord Howe Island. The photos show its extended polyps.

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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

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wendy5

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January 24, 2016

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I was surprised to see nine Hooded Mergansers, including three adult males, swimming together in the marina, as usually there are only two or three there.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa

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wendy5

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January 14, 2016

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I was very surprised that this Golden-crowned Kinglet seemed so unafraid. It was all alone (which is unusual), and called to me from a tree, then let me photograph it on the lawn. After trying to photograph these birds for months, two days in a row I've succeeded.

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

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wendy5

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January 13, 2016

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Since it's Woodpecker Week, I walked through the forest listening for woodpeckers, and was really lucky to find a Pileated Woodpecker close to the trail. It was intently drilling into a Western Redcedar tree, and didn't mind being photographed. Most of my photos turned out blurry, like the second one, because it tapped so rapidly on the tree.

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