Tag Archives: wildlife

Sally Lightfoot Crab Along The Turbulent Windy Shore

sally lightfoot crab grapsus grapsus red rock crab curacao
Hi there! You visit often? Let me show you around these rocky crevices… This is a Sally Lightfoot crab, known by its technical name Grapsus grapsus (I don’t make this up – Wikipedia says its true). They live along the rocky shoreline where the turbulent ocean meets land, feeding mostly on algae and sometimes dead animals or marine life. They also appear to be quite photogenic! We are at Sheta Boka Park, Curacao.

Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird nesting in a palm tree

blue tailed emerald hummingbird female nesting curacao
She is a Blue Tailed Emerald Hummingbird – Chlorostilbon mellisugus – nesting in a palm tree next to the ‘people’ pool we were hanging at while in Curacao. Within her nest are 2 incredibly small eggs, and the nest itself is a mere two inches in height. I’m not as close to the hummingbird as it appears, using a zoom lens so as not to disturb.

Baby Sea Turtle Hatchling On Way To Sea

baby sea turtle hatchling on way to the sea
This is one of the very last baby sea turtles to hatch and scurry its way to the sea. We came across him/her early in the morning with about 10 feet to go… and yes he/she made it to the ocean! We later found a bunch of nests up the beach where this and many others had come from the night before. You see this on National Geographic, but to observe it person is pretty sweet!

Free ride: California Sea Lion sunning itself on stern of fishing boat

california sea lion free rides fishing boat los cabos mexico
Yeah, this is an everyday occurrence! At first glance, one is incredibly surprised to see this California Sea Lion on the fishing boat’s stern, with a few guys taking photos… not normal.  Then after 5+ minutes, you realize this might actually be a regular thing when the captain comes back with a fish for the mammal.  Trained you wonder?

Male and Female California Sea Lions off Los Cabos, Mexico

california sea lions male female los cabos mexico
Life of leisure! This pair of California Sea Lions – male and female – are sunning themselves on a single large rock where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of California, at the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly Taking A Rest From Its Migration

monarch butterfly echo lake muskoka
On its way south this past September, this Monarch spent a day hopping between the flowers by the lake. Was very fortunate we could watch its activities while enjoying our early morning coffee and green tea.

Have You Ever Been Up-close With A Gold Dust Day Gecko?

gold dust day gecko phelsuma laticauda
According to internet blogs, the Gold Dust Day Gecko originated from Madagascar, and was introduced to Hawaii in 1974 by a university student. Bright green in color, it gets its name from the gold specs across its back. We saw this one at the airport sunny itself on a rock among passengers.