A juvenile Galapagos penguin resting on the rocky coast of Isabella island in the archipelago. This young penguin is in the final steps of transitioning from youth to adulthood, molting it's baby down to be replaced by the characteristic black and white feathers of adults. This is visible by the little patch of fluffy feathers on its neck and chest. The process of molting can take up to a few weeks, which can be a rather itchy process for the bird.
Heavily cropped pika portrait so you can see all the details of this marvelous beast:) Could be my last pika portrait of the year, all the greenery around their habitat is dying off and it seems like they might be slowing down on their haying. They don't hibernate, but they do live under their boulder field most of the year! #pika
White-breasted Nuthatches are regular visitors to bird feeders during the fall and winter seasons. Fill your feeder up with sunflower seeds or peanuts to begin attracting these active little nuthatches.⠀
📷: Kenneth Heiar/Audubon Photography Awards