From 100 to 200 Million: the success story of the European Starling

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In the early 1890, some Shakespeare enthusiasts introduced a group of European starlings to the US – believing that America should have all the birds, Shakespeare  has ever mentioned –  and since then they have spread to become one of the most numerous birds between Alaska and Mexico. European starlings can mimic the calls of about 20 different species.

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Heron’s Catch (glitch-collage

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Collage, 18″ x 24″

Material: Glitched Photography, Heron, Pacific Ocean and passion for art and wildlife 😉

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Nuttall’s Woodpecker – a real Californian gem

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I heard his drumming around my house but it took me a while to spot this small guy high up in a tree. The Nuttall’s Woodpecker lives primarily in California’s oak woodlands near streams. What a lucky day when he visited!

 

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It’s all about size – especially of their noses!

Male Northern Elephant Seals can get over 13 feel tall and weigh about 4.500 lbs. During the breeding season they inflate their noses and produce loud grunting sounds to prove their dominance. Right after landing on shore, it’s all about establishing territory and power to become the alpha. The physical fights can get really rough and bloody. The males stand tall and hit each other with their strong chest plates and with their teeth. All for the prize of a harem of pregnant females who settle in big groups around the alpha male.

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Elephant Seal pupping season (Part 01)

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Every winter, the northern Elephant Seals come to California’s shores (for example to Año Nuevo, ) where between December and February their puppies are born. The pups weight at birth is about 75 lbs, and they’re about 4 feet long. During the first 30 days of their lives, the moms feed them constantly, and each pup gains about 10 lbs per day!! After the month, the adults return to the sea, and the young “weaners” will develop all important survival skills on their own.

 

 

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Departure 02 – California Brown Pelican (glitch collage)

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Collage, 18″ x 24″

Number 2 of my glitched photo collage 🙂

 

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Departure of the California Brown Pelican (glitch collage)

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Collage, 18″x24″

I must admit that I’m very excited about my recent collage experiments within my glitch art. It adds a totally new experience and variety to my daily work! 😉

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