Ann & Rob Simpson
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White-vented storm-petrel, Oceanites gracilis, Elliot's storm-petrel, Despite being numerous on one of the most studied island groups in the world, only around a dozen nests of the white-vented storm-petrel have ever been discovered (2). It was described in 1859 as the most slender of storm petrels and accordingly given the specific name gracilis. It is predominately brown to dark grey in colour, tending to be darker on its upperparts and paler on its throat and chest. The square-ended tail is black, except for a white bar that merges with a white-tipped rump to form a conspicuous white crescent. Given that until 2003 only one white-vented storm-petrel nest had ever been found, it is not surprising that very little is known about the biology of this bird. Whereas the first nest discovered in 1979 comprised scraps of vegetation underneath low plants (3), the roughly 11 nests found most recently were located in rocky crevices (2). It is believed, on the basis of examinations of dead birds from the Galápagos, that eggs are laid during the Austral winter from April to August. In common with the feeding behaviour of several other species of storm petrel, the white-vented storm petrel flutters over the sea surface, appearing to "walk-on-water", in search of plankton and scraps of fish killed by larger predators. This unusual technique is thought to be the origin of the name petrel, derived from the biblical account of St Peter walking on water. Occurs along the cold water Humboldt Current off the west coast of South America (3). The only nests ever found are located on Isla Chungungo, Chile, but the white vented storm petrel is thought to also breed on small rocky islets from Chile north to the Galápagos. It is suspected that there must be a breeding population of several thousand O. g. galapagoensis on the Galápagos, Isla Isalbella, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; Isabel Island; PetrelWVS8717czxse.tif
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White-vented storm-petrel,
Oceanites gracilis,
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gorgeted sunangel, Heliangelus strophianus is a species of hummingbird. It is found in Ecuador and far southwestern Colombia in cloudforest humid montane forest, Cloud Forest, Humid Montane Forest, Andes Mountains, west slope Andes Mountains, Ecuador, South America; SunangelG45297cxz1se.tif
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Magellanic woodpecker, Campephilus magellanicus, is a very large woodpecker found along the Andes of Chile and southwestern Argentina; it is resident within its range. They are the largest South American woodpeckers and one of the largest woodpeckers in the world. Magellanic woodpeckers inhabit mature Nothofagus and Nothofagus-Austrocedrus forests, where they feed mainly on wood-boring grubs and adult beetles (Coleoptera and Lepidoptera) as well as spiders. Occasionally, other foods may supplement the diet, including sap and fruits as well as small reptiles, bats and the eggs and nestlings of passerines. Almairantazgo Bay, Chile, Patagonia, South America, WoodpeckerM0282Lnxgcs.jpg
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Magellanic woodpecker,
Campephilus magellanicus,
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waterfowl hunting, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sports & recreation; recreation; outdoor recreation; hunting, animals; wildlife, birds; waterfowl; duck, goose, geese, duck hunting, goose hunting, field, corn field, blind, goose pit, WaterfowlHunting1378zfxsyp.tif
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waterfowl hunting,
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, bird, avian; waterfowl; geese, goose; GSGO, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., animals; wildlife; SnowGoose_AnnRobSimpsonFAC101891525.tif
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise, daybreak, sun up, sunrises, morning, dawn, dramatic color, animals; wildlife; birds; waterfowl; geese, goose; GooseS81748zs.tif
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, bird, avian; waterfowl; geese, goose; GSGO, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., animals; wildlife; GooseS84445.tif
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus; Wildlife Drive, Marsh and wetlands habitat of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, GooseS13825z1s.tif
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Black Duck Marsh, greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise, daybreak, sun up, sunrises, morning, dawn, dramatic color, animals; wildlife; birds; waterfowl; geese, goose; Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise {daybreak, sun up, sunrises}, morning, dawn, dramatic color; GooseG232545zsn.tif
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, flying, in flight, bird, avian; waterfowl; geese, goose;  Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., GooseS2B8592zsns.tif
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise, daybreak, sun up, sunrises, morning, dawn, dramatic color, animals; wildlife; birds; waterfowl; geese, goose; GeeseS002635.CR2
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greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus; Marsh and wetlands habitat of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, animals; wildlife {undomesticated animals}; birds {avain, aves, bird}; waterfowl; geese {goose};  {Greater Snow Goose, GSGO}
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus; 8 point buck, fall in rut, Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows, VA, Virginia, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, mammals; ruminant; deer; animals; wildlife; DeerW8967vns.tif
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus; 8 point buck, fall in rut, Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows, VA, Virginia, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, mammals; ruminant; deer; animals; wildlife; DeerW19445zns no alpha.tif
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus; 8 point buck, fall in rut, Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows, VA, Virginia, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, mammals; ruminant; deer; animals; wildlife; DeerW8728cznsc.tif
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus; 8 point buck, fall in rut, Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows, VA, Virginia, Fall colors, Autumn foliage, Autumn color, Autumn colors, deciduous; fall color, fall colors, autumn color, autumn colors, mammals; ruminant; deer; animals; wildlife; DeerW8681vns1.tif
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boy fishing; nostalgic, Norman Rockwell;  fishing; fishing pole, fishing rod; Peaks of Otter, Abbott Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia, BRPW24C9627.CR2
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Galápagos four-eyed blenny, Dialommus fuscus is a species of labrisomid blenny endemic to the coasts of the Galapagos Islands. It inhabits the intertidal zone where it lives in tide pools as well as traveling on land. Special adaptations of the corneas of the eye and the gill filaments allow this species to travel up to 30 metres (98 ft) from the ocean in search of prey items such as insects and shore-dwelling crabs.James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; BlennyFE4420zxns.tif
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Galápagos four-eyed blenny, Dialommus fuscus is a species of labrisomid blenny endemic to the coasts of the Galapagos Islands. It inhabits the intertidal zone where it lives in tide pools as well as traveling on land. Special adaptations of the corneas of the eye and the gill filaments allow this species to travel up to 30 metres (98 ft) from the ocean in search of prey items such as insects and shore-dwelling crabs.James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; BlennyFE4479cnxzs.tif
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Galápagos sea lion, Zalophus wollebaeki is a species of sea lion that exclusively breeds on the Galápagos Islands and - in smaller numbers - on Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). Being fairly social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the "welcoming party" of the islands.They are the smallest fur sea lions. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; SeaLionGA3758czxs.tif
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Galápagos sea lion, Zalophus wollebaeki is a species of sea lion that exclusively breeds on the Galápagos Islands and - in smaller numbers - on Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). Being fairly social, and one of the most numerous species in the Galápagos archipelago, they are often spotted sun-bathing on sandy shores or rock groups or gliding gracefully through the surf. Their loud bark, playful nature, and graceful agility in water make them the "welcoming party" of the islands.They are the smallest fur sea lions. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; SeaLionGA3673czs3.tif
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Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Boissonneaua matthewsii, Cabanas San Isidro, well preserved montane humid forest to be found anywhere on the east slope of the Andes; Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon basin - in Napo province and only 2 about hours from the airport - at an elevation of about 2,050m (6,800 ft.) above sea level in a zone still mostly blanketed by extensive humid forest. Cosanga, Ecuador, South America; CoronetCb43597czs1.tif
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Chestnut-breasted Coronet,
Boissonneaua matthewsii,
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Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Boissonneaua matthewsii, Cabanas San Isidro, well preserved montane humid forest to be found anywhere on the east slope of the Andes; Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon basin - in Napo province and only 2 about hours from the airport - at an elevation of about 2,050m (6,800 ft.) above sea level in a zone still mostly blanketed by extensive humid forest. Cosanga, Ecuador, South America; CoronetCb43582czsx.tif
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violet-tailed sylph, Aglaiocercus coelestis is a species of hummingbird. It is found in Colombia and Ecuador. This Sylph lives in areas from 300-2,100 metres (980-6,890 ft) in elevation, though typically above 900 metres (3,000 ft) on the west slope of the Andes. Cloud Forest, Humid Montane Forest, Andes Mountains, west slope Andes Mountains, Ecuador, South America; SylphVt45341cxzs.tif
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violet-tailed sylph,
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violet-tailed sylph, Aglaiocercus coelestis is a species of hummingbird. It is found in Colombia and Ecuador. This Sylph lives in areas from 300-2,100 metres (980-6,890 ft) in elevation, though typically above 900 metres (3,000 ft) on the west slope of the Andes. Cloud Forest, Humid Montane Forest, Andes Mountains, west slope Andes Mountains, Ecuador, South America; SylphVt45329czxs.tif
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small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa is a species of bird in the tanager family Thraupidae. Endemic to the Galápagos Islands, it is common and widespread in shrubland, woodland, and other habitats on most islands in the archipelago. It commonly feeds on small seeds and parasites from the skins of Galápagos tortoises, and Galápagos land and marine iguanas. The small ground finch is one of Darwin's finches, a group of closely related birds which evolved on the Galápagos Islands. The group is related to the Tiaris grassquits, which are found in South America and the Caribbean.[2] When Charles Darwin first collected the species in 1835, he thought it was a finch. John Gould, who officially described Darwin's specimens, agreed, placing it in the genus Fringilla with the Old World finches. By 1841, Gould had changed his mind, moving this and five other species into the new genus Geospiza -- still a genus of finches, but distinct from those of the Old World. DNA research has now shown that all Darwin's "finches" are actually tanagers. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchSG3973zxs.tif
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small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa is a species of bird in the tanager family Thraupidae. Endemic to the Galápagos Islands, it is common and widespread in shrubland, woodland, and other habitats on most islands in the archipelago. It commonly feeds on small seeds and parasites from the skins of Galápagos tortoises, and Galápagos land and marine iguanas. The small ground finch is one of Darwin's finches, a group of closely related birds which evolved on the Galápagos Islands. The group is related to the Tiaris grassquits, which are found in South America and the Caribbean.[2] When Charles Darwin first collected the species in 1835, he thought it was a finch. John Gould, who officially described Darwin's specimens, agreed, placing it in the genus Fringilla with the Old World finches. By 1841, Gould had changed his mind, moving this and five other species into the new genus Geospiza -- still a genus of finches, but distinct from those of the Old World. DNA research has now shown that all Darwin's "finches" are actually tanagers. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchSG3233czxvs.tif
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medium ground finch, Geospiza fortis is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. One of Darwin's finches, the species was the first which scientists have observed evolving in real-time. In 1977, a severe drought reduced the supply of seeds in the Galapagos. The finch, which normally preferred small and soft seeds, was forced to turn to harder larger seeds. Subsequently, there has been a 10% change in the size of beak for these finches in a couple of generations. The population of medium ground finches has been experiencing inbreeding depression due to small population numbers. Inbreeding depression occurs when there is a decrease in fitness due to individuals mating with genetic relatives. Typically, this leads to a loss of genetic diversity and a reduction in heterozygosity. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchMG3995czvs.tif
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large ground finch, Geospiza magnirostris is a species of bird endemic Galapagos Islands. One of Darwin's finches, it is now placed in the family Thraupidae and was formerly in the Emberizidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and is found in the arid zone of most of the archipelago, though it is absent from the southeastern islands (Floreana, Española, San Cristóbal and Santa Fé). It is the largest species of Darwin's finch both in total size and size of beak. It has a large, short beak for cracking nuts to get food. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchLG3318cz1xs.tif
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medium ground finch, Geospiza fortis is a species of bird in the family Thraupidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. One of Darwin's finches, the species was the first which scientists have observed evolving in real-time. In 1977, a severe drought reduced the supply of seeds in the Galapagos. The finch, which normally preferred small and soft seeds, was forced to turn to harder larger seeds. Subsequently, there has been a 10% change in the size of beak for these finches in a couple of generations. The population of medium ground finches has been experiencing inbreeding depression due to small population numbers. Inbreeding depression occurs when there is a decrease in fitness due to individuals mating with genetic relatives. Typically, this leads to a loss of genetic diversity and a reduction in heterozygosity. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchMG3977czs1.tif
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large ground finch, Geospiza magnirostris is a species of bird endemic Galapagos Islands. One of Darwin's finches, it is now placed in the family Thraupidae and was formerly in the Emberizidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and is found in the arid zone of most of the archipelago, though it is absent from the southeastern islands (Floreana, Española, San Cristóbal and Santa Fé). It is the largest species of Darwin's finch both in total size and size of beak. It has a large, short beak for cracking nuts to get food. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchLG3288c.TIF
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large ground finch, Geospiza magnirostris is a species of bird endemic Galapagos Islands. One of Darwin's finches, it is now placed in the family Thraupidae and was formerly in the Emberizidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, and is found in the arid zone of most of the archipelago, though it is absent from the southeastern islands (Floreana, Española, San Cristóbal and Santa Fé). It is the largest species of Darwin's finch both in total size and size of beak. It has a large, short beak for cracking nuts to get food. James Bay, Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, James Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America; FinchLG3288czxvs.tif
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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno, trogon, Trogonidae, male, eating an avacodo, tree, cloud forest, bird, wet montane forest, Savegre, Savegre Mountain Hotel, Costa Rica, Central America, CR140400zs2e2.tif
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Quetzal, Resplendant Quetzal,
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Florida chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, Florida, Everglades National Park, environment; subtropical,  tropical; TurtleC6523.CR2
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Deirochelys reticularia...

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Florida chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, Florida, Everglades National Park, environment; subtropical,  tropical; TurtleC6509.CR2
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Florida chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, Florida, Everglades National Park, environment; subtropical,  tropical; TurtleC6491.CR2
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Florida chicken turtle, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, on road; Florida, Everglades National Park, environment; subtropical,  tropical; TurtleC2015.CR2
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris,  Trochilidae, neotropical migrant; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; North America; USA; Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, male, AHY, birds, bird; hummingbird,  ruby-throated hummingbird, RTHU, plants; flower; wildflower, angiosperm, wildflowers, wild flower, angiosperms; columbine, Ranunculaceae; Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, hummingbird pollinated, tubular flower, nectary, nectaries, HummingbirdRt023109nz1nsaexL.tif
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Archilochus colubris,
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris,  Trochilidae, neotropical migrant; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; North America; USA; Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, male, AHY, birds, bird; hummingbird,  ruby-throated hummingbird, RTHU, plants; flower; wildflower, angiosperm, wildflowers, wild flower, angiosperms; columbine, Ranunculaceae; Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, hummingbird pollinated, tubular flower, nectary, nectaries, HummingbirdRt023096useg.tif
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris,  Trochilidae, neotropical migrant; Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; North America; USA; Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, male, AHY, birds, bird; hummingbird,  ruby-throated hummingbird, RTHU, plants; flower; wildflower, angiosperm, wildflowers, wild flower, angiosperms; columbine, Ranunculaceae; Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, hummingbird pollinated, tubular flower, nectary, nectaries, HummingbirdRt013031cz2nx1sz_55_14wz_95.tif
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Henslow's Sparrow, Ammodramus henslowii,secretive, mouse like, grassland, tall grass prairie species, damp grassy meadows, uncommon, declining species, very difficult to see,  Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, SparrowH11716zxgs1s.tif
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wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, North American wild turkey, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, Turkey38991zs2.jpg
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wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, North American wild turkey, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, Turkey38928z4s.jpg
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wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, North American wild turkey, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, Turkey38925c.TIF
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yellow warbler, Dendroica petechia,  male, neotropical migrant, nests are frequently parasitized by brown-headed cowbirds, often builds new nest directly atop of the parasitized one, sometimes results in nests with up to six tiers; Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, WarblerY15135czsex2.tif
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yellow warbler, Dendroica
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Blue-headed Vireo, Vireo solitarius, Solitary Vireo; Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, VireoBh15434czxs.tif
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Blue-headed Vireo, Vireo
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Blue-headed Vireo, Vireo solitarius, Solitary Vireo; Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, VireoBh15417czxs.tif
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Blue-headed Vireo, Vireo
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wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, North American wild turkey, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, Turkey14957czs.tif
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wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, North American wild turkey, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, Turkey14950czs.tif
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scarlet tanager, Piranga olivacea, male breeding plumage;  rather secretive behavior, preference for forest canopy, song is reminiscent of a robin with a sore throat, "chik-burr", brilliantly colored male, neotropical migrant, Point Pelee National Park, Canada; Ontario; North America, one of the best bird migration concentration spots in the world, TanagerS15555.CR2
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scarlet tanager, Piranga
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canon firing, Antietam National Battlefield is a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Washington County, northwestern Maryland. It commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862. When the fighting was over, 23,000 people were killed, wounded, or missing, making it the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. The Union Army's performance led President Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, formally alerting the Confederacy of his intention to free enslaved Americans in those states. Today, Antietam National Battlefield is one of the best-preserved Civil War sites in the country where visitors continue to honor the legacy of the soldiers who fought there. Maryland, MD, Antietam023745sx.jpg
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Carolina Chickadee, Poecile carolinensis;  CACH, southeast, four to six note song, "chick-a-dee-dee", "fee-bee-fee-bay"; Nineveh, Virginia, USA; CACH19820zs.tif
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Carolina Chickadee, Poecile
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black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapilla, BCCH, Parus atricapilla, One of the most familiar birds in northern North America, non-migratory, permanent residents, two to three note song, "chick-a-dee-dee","fee-bee-ee"; Nineveh, Virginia, USA; BCCH010207zs.tif
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black-capped chickadee,
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black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapilla, BCCH, Parus atricapilla, One of the most familiar birds in northern North America, non-migratory, permanent residents, two to three note song, "chick-a-dee-dee","fee-bee-ee"; Nineveh, Virginia, USA; BCCH019468czs.tif
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black-capped chickadee,
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Crested gecko, Correlophus ciliatus, New Caledonian crested gecko, Guichenot's giant gecko or eyelash gecko is a species of gecko endemic to South Province, New Caledonia. habitatNew Caledonian rainforests, slit cat like pupil, blood vessels. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. The biggest single threat to the wild population appears to be the introduction of the little fire ant (Wassmania auropunctata) to New Caledonia. The ants prey on the geckos, stinging and attacking in great numbers, and they also compete with the geckos for food by preying on arthropods. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling. They possess a semi-prehensile tail which they use to assist in climbing. The tail can be dropped as a deterrent to predators. Unlike some other geckos, once they lose their tail it will not grow back; however, this is not as harmful to the gecko as it is in other species, such as the Leopard gecko. In fact, most adults in the wild lack tails.widespread in pet trade, bred in captivity.  GeckoC11151.CR2
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Crested gecko, Correlophus
ciliatus, New...

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Crested gecko, Correlophus ciliatus, New Caledonian crested gecko, Guichenot's giant gecko or eyelash gecko is a species of gecko endemic to South Province, New Caledonia. habitatNew Caledonian rainforests, slit cat like pupil, blood vessels. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. The biggest single threat to the wild population appears to be the introduction of the little fire ant (Wassmania auropunctata) to New Caledonia. The ants prey on the geckos, stinging and attacking in great numbers, and they also compete with the geckos for food by preying on arthropods. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling. They possess a semi-prehensile tail which they use to assist in climbing. The tail can be dropped as a deterrent to predators. Unlike some other geckos, once they lose their tail it will not grow back; however, this is not as harmful to the gecko as it is in other species, such as the Leopard gecko. In fact, most adults in the wild lack tails.widespread in pet trade, bred in captivity.  GeckoC11150zse.tif
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Crested gecko, Correlophus
ciliatus, New...


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