The White-crowned Sparrows are here for the winter. The first one arrived on September 30. More have gathered during the month of October. Now there is a small flock. Their song is beautiful - a gift each day.
Is it a bee or a fly? It's a really big fly that looks like a bee. They feed on the blood of other insects. Their favorite prey ? Honey Bees.
Preening, getting every feather perfect.
With their beauty, elegance and grace, it's not hard to imagine how they could inspire a ballet. Near the zoo entrance.
This pair of big cats were rolling around in the grass, chasing each other, in and out of the water, hiding and stalking each other. You could almost imagine them as two enormous and powerful house cats playing games - until they roared! The sound was so loud and deep I could feel the vibration in my body. It kind of took my breath away. The epitome of the word awesome.
Red Heads are diving ducks. This one is at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, a wonderful location to see many regularly occurring bird species. It is also a place to appreciate the importance of preserving wetlands.
There are two American alligators at the Los Angeles Zoo. Reggie had been set loose in a local lake by a private citizen and became famous for his ability to elude capture. For many years, Tina resided at the Pasadena Humane Society after having been part of a traveling show. Now they live together and share a pond at the zoo. (I wasn't expecting an alligator to have such a human-looking tongue.)
Part of a family who ventured out of the woods in Griffith Park just before sunset. My what big ears you have!