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Prairie Dog_6


Here’s no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks,

how the young folks lay their heads together!




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Prairie Dog_2


O madam, yonder’s my lord your son with a patch of

velvet on’s face: whether there be a scar under’t

or no, the velvet knows; but ’tis a goodly patch of

velvet: his left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a

half, but his right cheek is worn bare.






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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)_3


They went through a lot of pelicans before they evolved the ability to float.




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Prairie Dog_8


See you now;

Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth:

And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,

With windlasses and with assays of bias,

By indirections find directions out:

So by my former lecture and advice,

Shall you my son. You have me, have you not?








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What do you call a swimming baby owl?

A moist-owlette


How do we know that owls are smarter than chickens?

Ever heard of Kentucky-fried owl?


When does a Owl go "quack"?

When it is learning a new language.


What do you get when you put a bee in front of an owl?

A bowl!


What happened when the owl got a sore throat?

He didn’t give a hoot.


"Knock, Knock"

"Who's there?"

"Who"

"Who, who?"

"Who, who, who, who?"

"Who, who, who, who, who?"

"Who, who, who, who, who, who?"

"Who, who, who, who, who, who, who?"

"Who, who, who, who, who, who, who, who?"








What happened to the owl that fell in the well?

It got wet.


Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)_1


This owl doesn’t think any of these jokes are funny and is losing respect for you for laughing.




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Bee

Jun. 6th, 2015 01:00 am
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Not content with pointing out the flaw in calculation showing that bees couldn’t fly, this bee shows it can perform under load.




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The Race

Jun. 5th, 2015 06:00 pm
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The race was on.


The enemies were approaching the hive and reinforcements were needed. Two hundred and twenty five meters was a long way, but it was necessary. The invaders must be stopped.


Only a quarter of the way and she was already getting tired. Still, the thought of the costs of her failure, drove her forward. Fifty thousand lives depended on her. And one two hundred and twenty five meters.


Glancing backward, she saw the invaders massing on the horizon and increased her speed. She realized she wouldn’t make it in time if she held anything back. She need not make the return trip. Conveying the message was enough. If the other hive could be alerted, they just might make it in time.


As she passed the three quarters point, she powered on, burning the last of her energy for the final stage of the race. She felt, deep in her body, that this was the end. When she reached her destination, she knew she’d just be able to deliver her message and, quite likely, collapse and die.


Death, however, was practically a guarantee in either case. If she stayed and fought, she would be slain with tens of thousands of others. If she was too slow, again, tens of thousands would die. If she just stopped, she might survive, but she might be the only one. No. Her only hope was to alert the others, in the hopes that they could help keep the total casualties low.


Though it may cost her life, she must fly.


WLD_6914




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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)_22


You forgot to depress the lever, didn’t you?




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Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)_13


When put into Park, the pelican’s bill is locked in place, preventing accidental slippage. Before changing gears, it is imperative to depress the lever and safely unlock the bill. Otherwise, the bill can become damaged.




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American Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)_1


When forced to fight, the American turkey can deploy it’s razor-sharp feathers to help convince predators to pursue easier prey.




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Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)


These fish are clearly too spicy. They should be thrown back.




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Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)_1


When they’re young, to prevent accidental injury, oryx parents put corks on the horns of their children.




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Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)_1


The closest I’ll likely get to photographing an emu tongue.




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Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)_2


O sister, were you Empresse of the world,

Æneas well deserues to be your loue,

So lovely is he that where ere he goes,

The people swarme to gaze him in the face.





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Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)_4


Reflection of crane reflecting on how the lack of Patellar reflexes in reflexive knees reflects upon his species.




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Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegates)_4


Western banded geckos are a common choice for beginner lizard climbers. This is largely due to the easy footholds, the relatively low slope and the easily accessible resting cave that can serve as a basecamp.




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Bird

Jun. 2nd, 2015 01:01 am
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WLD_6077


It’s hard to get a mate as a bird. You must keep your feathers in perfect order, defend your territory, and have a perfect song. You must excel in your conformity.


Some birds, however, give up on the process completely and build their own mate. Piece. By. Piece.




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He doesn’t like being old.


He is upset at how the world has changed.


He hates the kids today.


He is angry that the lifestyles he was not permitted in his youth are now considered acceptable.


He doesn’t understand why his jokes aren’t funny anymore.


He dislikes today’s music, television, and movies.


Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)


Grumph.




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Bird

Jun. 1st, 2015 02:01 pm
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WLD_6493


You’ve gotta throw a lot of birds to make a hole that big.




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Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri)_6


I was a little too slow with the camera and just missed the big pillow fight. It’s a shame, really. It would have been a fantastic photo.




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