Posted by: ktzefr | February 25, 2011

14 Favorite Wild Animal Pics

“My little son enters

the room and says

‘you are a vulture

I am a mouse’

I put away my book

wings and claws

grow out of me…”

~ Tadeusz Rozewicz (Poland)

If you have children, you’ve likely developed wings and claws on a few occasions.  You may have even barked or meowed or crowed or attempted other funny or outrageous animal sounds.  It’s all a part of the game.

I love animals and was looking through my photo archives today and found a few that “spoke” to me.  Feel free to add your own words…

(For best results double-click on the photo to enlarge; be sure to use the back arrow to return to this post.)

Come on in!  The water is perfect.

Sea lion at Darwin Beach, Genovesa Island, Galapagos/Photo:MFawcett

Did you hear the one about…

Masked Boobies, Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa Island/Photo:MFawcett

Gotta find me a place in the sun…

Marine Iguana, Isla Espanola/Photo:MFawcett

The marine iguanas on Espanola Island change color during the mating season.  This fellow was copper and aqua.  This particular species is not found any place else in the world.

What’s the hurry?

Galapagos Tortoise, Santa Cruz Island/Photo:DFawcett

This big guy weighed approx. 600 pounds.  We discovered him and a number of his relatives on a hike in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.  We found poison apples and passion flowers, too, but that’s another story…

Hi Cutie!

Short-eared owl, Genovesa Island/Photo:MFawcett

He was winking in this photo but has huge and quite spectacular golden eyes.

What do you mean you expected BLUE?

Great Frigate Bird, Genovesa Island/Photo:MFawcett

Love the “red balloon” bird.  He’s all puffed up for the female circling nearby.

Hail, hail the gang’s all here…

Sea lions, Isla Espanola/Photo:DFawcett

How many sea lions do you see?  It’s not easy to separate sea lion from stone.

Did you say something?


Lizard, Tortuguero, Costa Rica/Photo:MFawcett

Don’t you love that splash of aqua makeup on the cheeks?  Nature’s own colors are hard to copy.

Need an umbrella?

Black Howler Monkey, Tortuguero, Costa Rica/Photo:MFawcett

We were in a boat and this guy was waving to us.  A handsome fellow, but his blood-curdling screams at daybreak come straight from the netherworld.  On the positive side, there’s no need for alarm clocks.


Masked Booby baby, Genovesa Island/Photo:MFawcett


Lava Lizard, Isla Espanola/Photo:DFawcett

Look at that…trying to do somersaults!

Masked Boobies, Genovesa Island/Photo:DFawcett


Come a little bit closer…


tarantula, Heredia, Costa Rica/Photo:DFawcett

We stopped for tea at a little roadside shack…there were hummingbirds around the flowers, a batch of new kittens in a bushel basket, and a beautiful waterfall in the distance.  And then someone brought this fellow out to meet us.

Don’t be shy!  I’ll even let you drive…

Sea lions, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island/Photo:MFawcett

We spent a couple of hours one day sitting at this marina watching the sea lions get in and out of boats.  In this laid-back little port town where nothing much happens, the sea lions were a great source of entertainment.


Sometimes a place “where nothing much happens” is the best place to be.  Have a great weekend!

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