Posts Tagged ‘wildfowl’

Know Your 100-Pound Snapping Turtles of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, it’s a common snapping turtle. See comments.]

This big critter looks to made of 100% muscle.

Take care you don’t run into it in Golden Gate Park on a dread sunny day:

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(Just guessing here, alligator snapping turtle Macrochelys temminckii?)

Snap snap!

A Red-Eared Slider Gets Totally Pwned by a Great Blue Heron in Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 7th, 2011

First it was all like this:

But then it was all like this:

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See what I mean? Pwned!

How wude, huh?

The Introspective Great Egrets of Golden Gate Park

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Not to be confused with a yellow-legged Snowy Egret, this black-legged Great Egret (Ardea alba) spotted in  Golden Gate Park‘s Strybing Arboretum (aka San Francisco Botanical Garden) seemed to be transfixed with its plumage for a good long time.

After the preflight inspection, it then flew away.

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The Sleepy Hooded Merganser Ducks of Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 9th, 2009

This pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) are definitely taking a rest with their heads tucked in.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they close their  golden eyes…

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As seen in the Wildfowl Pond in the San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing) inside Golden Gate Park.