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Jan Maguire / 3,895 items

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Found some Ruddies that were reasonably close to shore today. I watched this female/male pair off and on for awhile. They LOOK like they're asleep, but they occasionally would spin around, a little to the left, a little to the right ...if you look closely, her eye really is open.

Tags:   Ruddy duck bird duck wildlife Ontario California United States

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I've spent a fair amount of time hanging out at the local ponds and occasionally I hear the Pied-billed Grebes greet each other. My Sibley guide describes it as "a drawn-out, nasal chatter, slightly descending and fading away." I vowed to one of my bird-watching photog friends that one day I would catch that greeting. This is pretty close - my first shot finding the noise source. The two came together, then passed by on their separate ways. Note the one on the right has the black-banded bill of a breeder. Still some challenges left for me - find them sooner, in better light.

Tags:   Grebe Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps bird wildlife Riverside California United States

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One of the wintering birds that blesses us with its presence. This is a male, with the colorful beak, a quick snap in between dives for crusties. It's not the first Surf Scoter I've ever posted, but I did achieve a new "low" with this image, sitting at water level. It was cold and windy though, as you can see how roughed up this wetland water surface is. A lot of the trails at this special wetland area are well above the water level, along breakwater-like inner bays and channels, so you're always looking down on the birds. This particular spot happened to be right at water's edge, next to the tide gate, a rare treat.

Tags:   Bolsa Chica Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Melanitta perspicillata bird male surf scoter wetlands wildlife Huntington Beach California United States

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I sat with a friend and watched these guys for awhile - wow were they hard to find even if I was looking right at them. They were really blending in bigtime.

Tags:   Gallinago delicata Rancho Jurupa Regional Park Wilson's Snipe snipe Riverside California United States

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It was a gorgeous warm summer day today in SoCal - the problem is that it's the middle of winter. The plants are confused. My Milkweed is blooming, and even sporting seed pods. More on the downside, the hot dry wind came up, characteristic of what is now termed "fire season", and blew away my subject. Hopefully, Winter will return next week.

Tags:   back yard macro milkweed seed pod


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