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Snowy egret

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At California’s Martinez Regional Shoreline last November 2nd I got low and slowly worked my way closer and closer to the bird shown here. Later, profiting from a site that tells how to distinguish white herons, I identified my subject as a snowy egret, Egretta thula.

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February 5, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Above and below at Morro Bay

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The wispy clouds above Morro Rock in California on the morning of November 4th, 2016, appealed to me.

At the same time, down below, I saw what I take to be a western gull, Larus occidentalis.

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January 30, 2017 at 5:04 AM

Cactus wren nest in cholla cactus

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On November 8th of 2016 in the eastern section of Tucson’s Saguaro National Park I saw what I take to be the nest of a cactus wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus. The cactus is either a staghorn cholla, Cylindropuntia versicolor, or a buckhorn cholla, Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa.

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January 27, 2017 at 4:56 AM

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Great blue heron on the Pacific coast

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I’ve seen an occasional great blue heron (Ardea herodias) in Austin, but the closest I ever got to one was at Muir Beach on the Pacific coast of California on November 1st of last year. Why the bird let me get so close, I don’t know, but I wonder if my being downhill from it made me seem less threatening. From a photographer’s point of view, my lower position let me aim upward enough to isolate the heron’s head and neck against the sky.

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January 17, 2017 at 4:56 AM

Winging our way out of 2016

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As we go winging our way out of 2016, here’s a symbol of that from November 3rd at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon, California. I take the bird to be a western gull, Larus occidentalis.

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December 31, 2016 at 4:45 AM

The gas pumps’ attendant’s dark acolyte

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A grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) on September 9th in Austin (which I’m still far away from).

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November 1, 2016 at 4:56 AM

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Contrasts

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See how this gleaming white great egret (Ardea alba) contrasts with the bare branches of the dead trees all around it. You can also contrast this bird with the somewhat bedraggled gull you saw a few days ago hunkered down on an Indiana beach. And then there’s the contrast with the second and much smaller egret below and to the left of the prominent one. The great egret, by the way, is the largest white heron in Texas.

Today’s photograph comes from Southeast Metropolitan Park on September 1.

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September 5, 2016 at 4:58 AM

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