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Tourmaline Sunangel, Heliangelus exortis; hummingbird; Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is...

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Caption: Tourmaline Sunangel, Heliangelus exortis; hummingbird; Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest; Range Colombia and Ecuador; Colombia, South America; SunangelT56675_Ps2.jpg
Location: Rio Blanco Natural Reserve
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Channeled Whelk, Busycotypus canaliculatus, previously known as Busycon canaliculatum, is a very large predatory sea snail, a marine prosobranch gastropod, a busycon whelk, belonging to the family Melongenidae, The operculum is visible. Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Maryland, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, his species is endemic to the eastern coast of the United States, from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to northern Florida. It has also been introduced into San Francisco Bay. The shell aperture is located on the right side, i.e. the shell of this species is almost always dextral in coiling. Left-handed or sinistral specimens occur rarely. Channeled whelks prefer sandy, shallow, intertidal or subtidal areas, and can be common in these habitats. They tend to be nocturnal and are known to eat clams. It is an edible mollusc. Assateague003191_AnnRobSimpson.tif
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Elk = Wapati, Cervus canadensis, male in rut buggling calling,  hunted to extinction in the east this is a successful reintroduction program, many of the elk are tagged to follow their movements. At first bears killed most of the newborn babies but now elk are learning to defend their young and there are giving birth to some up on the Blue Ridge Parkway possibly because bears are less common and bold because of the local bear hunting at the edge of the narrow parkway. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina, Cataloochee; Elk6450xzs1.tif
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