Saturday, May 7, 2011

Encounters with Wildlife!



Gargoyle .. Grotesque? A creature encountered in Valencia's Turia Gardens,
keeping watch over the Bridge of the Guardian Angel.

Perhaps you can identify this lizard species.
Enjoying a sunbath in the Anza-Borrego desert landscape, while hiding in plain sight:
Its coloration perfectly matches the environment.
for helping to I.D. the Desert Iguana, Dipsosaurus dorsalis]

We're certain we saw this roadrunner in the hotel parking lot when we were in Desert Hot Springs a few years ago. Such fun to see him again!

Hedgehog (cactus:-)

9 comments:

  1. These are great photos, and when we lived on 5 acres in the country I thought about getting a few peacocks. They are so handsome. But I read that their shrieking cries disturb neighbors and we decided not to.

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  2. Alice, The peacock reminded me of the time when my elderly mother walking down the street in her extremely built up area found a peacock walking towards her, apparently it had escaped from some grand garden where the owner kept exotics.

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  3. Alastair,
    I hope your mother did not experience shock! How disconcerting it must have been for her!!

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  4. Bom,
    Thanks! Going through my photo archives is a great way to relive past travels.

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  5. Hi Terra
    Peacocks do have a disturbing cry that would make one think twice about adopting them.

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  6. The extremely handsome lizard is a Desert Iguana, Dipsosaurus dorsalis.

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  7. What unusual wildlife, certainly not seen her. The peacock is a gorgeous creature.

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  8. I wish I could identify this lizard, but does not resemble any species of the Mediterranean, as far as I know. Very interesting!

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