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 Assorted Animals

Turkey Vultures are quite spectacular birds. They are also nature's cleanup crew, preventing nasty bacteria from spreading.

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

 

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture

 

Turkey vulture

 

 

Turkey vulture

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Quails are common in the foothills of Mt. Diablo.

 

Female quails.

 

Quail. Their calls can be heard from afar

Turkey vulture

         

 

Wild Turkey

 

wild turkeys strutting their stuff

 

a sight to behold

Cliff swallow nests

   

I photographed these Ring-necked pheasants on Staten Island road which leads right through very rich farmland.

The pheasants are quite illusive and I have only been able to photograph them  twice. 

 

    Alligator Lizard      Fence lizard

 

 

Two Pond turtles & one Red-eared slider

 

Pond turtle family

A most attractive plank for turtles

There is always space for one more

 

A coot and a turtle is good company

 

 

Medusa Jellyfish (sea jellies)

 

There was a huge number of them and these photos

show some  we were  watching  for a while.

 

They were very lively, interacting with each other.

 

They were actually mating the way jellyfish do, which typically

ends with death. We saw it happen while watching.

Rattlesnakes, gopher and king snakes, and other snakes live in our hills though mostly well hidden. My wife and I almost stepped on this rattler.   Tarantulas may be seen when crossing a trail, but Fall is the time when they are out and about to look for mates. This is the best time to observe them.

 

Western Rattlesnake

 

 

 

Garter snake

   

Tarantula

 Many different species of dragon flies populate any area where there is a body of water. They rarely hold still. 

 

Bluets caught in the act

 

  

 

Common Whitetail Dragonfly

 

Cardinal Meadow hawk Dragonfly

Common Green Darner

Meadowhawk Variegated Dragonfly

Walker's Darner Dragonfly

 

 Bee on Watermilfoil

   Bees on flowers 

 

Bee on apple blossoms

 

Honey bee

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Preying mantis

 

 

 

Tarantula hawk

 

Bee on Sunflower

 This needs another sunflower or hummingbird on the flower.    
 

 

       

 

         

 

 

           
           
           

 

 

 

 

 

Turtles

Copyright 1999 by Fritz Wilhelm, Zero & One,
Last modified: July 22, 2012