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My Los Angeles 46 – San Fernando Valley Mosaic via My Instagram

February 17th, 2018 No comments

Raven Portrait via My Instagram

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Raven Portrait via My Instagram

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Hummingbirds at the feeder – 25% Speed – 2 in a series [Video]

February 12th, 2018 No comments

Hummingbirds at the feeder – 25% Speed – 2 in a series

We have had regular visitors at our window-mounted feeder so I took the time to capture a few.

This video is slowed to 25% normal speed to allow you to see the hummingbirds and the behavior more clearly.

Hummingbirds at the feeder - 25% Speed - 2 in a series [Video]

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) in length. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5 cm (2.0 in) bee hummingbird weighing less than 2.0 g (0.07 oz).

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest. Of those species that have been measured in wind tunnels, their top speed exceeds 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph) and some species can dive at speeds in excess of 22 m/s (79 km/h; 49 mph).[1][2]

Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.[3] To conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate.[4] — Wikipedia

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Nabu Winery – A Minute in Los Angeles 5 [Video]

February 11th, 2018 No comments
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Bronze statue of Mercury (Hermes), Getty Villa via My Instagram

February 10th, 2018 No comments

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via My Instagram

February 8th, 2018 No comments

Strolling the Getty Center via Instagram

February 7th, 2018 No comments

Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), Santa Cruz Island via Instagram

February 5th, 2018 No comments

Painted Wall Decoration, Getty Villa, Malibu, California via Instagram

February 4th, 2018 No comments

Raven Walk via Instagram

February 4th, 2018 No comments

Raven Walk via Instagram

Raven Walk

Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park

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