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It is very common for us to see deer in the open area outside of our fence in the back yard. I have never, however, seen one decide to curl up and take a break like this.


 
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While taking photos of my daughter in the back yard of my in-laws house in Pinehurst, NC this little hummingbird flew by for a snack.


 
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Three Pelicans

We just spent a week in the Outer Banks (Corolla, NC, to be exact) and there were plenty of pelicans flying around. It was fun to watch them dive out in the ocean, but that was a little too far away to capture with my camera.

 
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I spotted this one while taking a walk around the office complex. She sets up camp in this same spot every day.

This is an Argiope aurantia or Black & Yellow Garden Spider.

They are pretty fascinating. I recommend clicking through and reading about them. The craziest part..."After mating, the male dies, and is sometimes then eaten by the female." Ouch.

 
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It has been WAY too long since I posted here. Sorry about that. But this morning I was lucky enough to spot this hawk at the edge of the woods in our back yard. We see a couple of them in the trees pretty often, just never this close.

 

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Yellow-tailed black cockatoo

we heard a bird sound that we had never heard around the house so we looked out side. Across the street, we saw 4-5 Yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the neighbor's tree and on their TV antenna. We usually don't see these in our neighborhood so this was a nice surprise.

 
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Mali in Melbourne

We visited the Melbourne Zoo on Easter morning to catch a glimpse of Mali the baby elephant.

 
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Spotted this little guy crawling down the wall near our front door.

 
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From the Melbourne Zoo.

 
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For a long time we had noticed that a small piece of junkmail that we left in our mailbox looked like something had been eatting it. I just figured it was something like a mouse. Then one evening after it was dark I looked inside to see these two snails enjoying their dinner. I never knew that snails ate paper. The large one here actually lives in the mailbox. He/She just sticks to the back corner during the day and comes down to eat at night. Not a bad deal for a snail.

 


 
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