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Smug Mug

Check out my Smug Mug photos. Birds of Australia, Birds of US Butterflies. More photos coming.

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

A visit to the Galapagos Islands is an amazing experience. Here are a few pictures from our recent trip. More photographs will follow.

Baby-Nasca-Boobie

Baby-Nasca-Boobie

Blue Footed Boobie

Blue-Footed Boobie head

Blue-Footed Boobie

Blue-Footed Boobie wings spread

male-Frigate bird

Galapagos Penguins

Galapagos-Penguins

Frigate-Wings-up

Frigate-Wings-up

Frigate-Wings-wide

Frigate-Wings-wide

Young-Frigate-bird

Young-Frigate-bird-trying-his-wings

Sea-Lion-baby

Sea-Lion-baby

Sea Lion babies

Sea-Lion-babies

Blue-Footed-Boobie-with-wings outspread

Blue-Footed-Boobie-with-wings-and-iguana

Sally Lightfoot

Sally Lightfoot

Turtle

Turtle

Blue-Footed Boobies

Blue Footed Boobie and a chick

Frigate male

Frigate Male with inflated Gular

Male Frigate with mate

Male Frigate with mate

Nasca Boobies

Nasca Boobies

Birds of Australia

Birds of Australia

Kukaburro

Kookaburro

Please enjoy viewing Kookaburras, Tawney frog mouth, black and white pelicans, pink Galahs, cockatoos (as pests) lorikeets, white ibis, penguins,and other interesting birds. The fairy Penguins are also called Blue Penguins, and they actually have a blue look to their fur. They are the smallest penguins in the World. The Kookaburras were very exciting for me to see and hear. I heard them first, and actually recognized the “laugh”,then later saw several pairs flying around quite close to where we were in Yanchep National Park. The pink Galahs were also a delight to see, but we did get a bit tired of them as they are very noisy. I had never seen nor heard of a bird called the tawney frogmouth, so another new Australian experience. It is often mistakenly thought to be a type of owl and is found throughout Australia mainland and Tasmania. Luckily we did not meet any cassowaries in the wild, but as we walked through the rainforest we kept a look out!

4 Galahs

Flying galah

Australian Wood Ducks

Banded Lapwing

Blue winged Kookaburra

Giant Penguin

Zebra finch

Zebra finch at Uluru

 

Orange-beak

Sea-Gull

Olive-Backed-Sunbirds

2-Fairy-Penguins

Myna-bird

Water buffalo and Australian duck

Australian Hawk

Cockatoo posing

Cockatoo posing

Lorikeet

Lorikeet

Cockatoos eating off picnic Table

Cockatoos eating off picnic Table

Emu in the Wild

Black & White Pelican

Black & White Pelican

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibis

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

Flying Cockatoo

Flying Cockatoo

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Whistler Ducks

Whistler Ducks

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassowary

Cassaway

Chukar

A native of southern Eurasia, the Chukar was introduced into the United States from Pakistan to be a game bird. It lives in arid, rocky terrain across the western United States and southern Canada.
This beautiful bird is in the pheasant family Phasianidae.
It has been considered to form a superspecies complex along with the rock partridge, Philby’s partridge and Przevalski’s partridge and treated in the past as conspecific particularly with the first. This partridge has well marked black and white bars on the flanks and a black band running from the forehead across the eye and running down the head to form a necklace that encloses a white throat. The species has been introduced into many other places and feral populations have established themselves in parts of North America and New Zealand.
The one seen in Los Alamos New Mexico is thought to have been released into the State from a breeding farm.

Chukar

Chukar-walking

Chukar-tilted-head

Chukar showing ear flap

Chukar
Chukar

Chukar2

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chukar/id

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chukar_partridge

Orchids

Orchids from near and far. {Click on the underlined Show Picture List to enlarge the photos}

Just a few of the Orchids on Display at the Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco March 2015. The theme of this year’s Exposition was “The Thrill of Discovery”, and it was the San Francisco Orchid Society’s 63 Annual Exposition! Vendors were from many countries such as Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, etc. There were many miniature orchids for sale, and orchids that had a good scent. The last Orchid Exposition I attended had far fewer miniature as well as scented orchids.

http://orchidsanfrancisco.org

The red stripe orchid was photographed in an Orchid Farm in Costa Rica.

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