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Northern Cardinal, 4

photograph of a male Northern Cardinal

Virginia’s state bird can be difficult to photograph. The Northern Cardinal normally keeps at a safe distance from people so it’s hard to get really close to them.  The male’s brilliant red color can also make exposure and even focus difficult at times.  I captured this one in open shade and that seems to have resolved the color issues.


Little Blue Heron

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Photograph of a Little Blue Heron at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, Florida

This Little Blue Heron perches above the water, watching intently for any motion below.

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Anticipating Pelican

photograph of a Brown Pelican standing on a rocky jetty watching a fisherman

This Brown Pelican seems to know sometimes a little patience pays off.  It stood there for a while, quietly waiting to see if the fisherman had any handouts.  Unfortunately it never got that meal.  Two other fisherman arrived and the pelican decided it was time to move along.


Anhinga In Mangrove Tree

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photograph of an Anhinga in a mangrove tree

This Anhinga was beautifully perched in a sunny patch of a mangrove tree when I encountered it.  The Anhinga was picking leaves out of the tree and seemed to be playing with this one before it dropped it.

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Lake Yellowstone Killdeer

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color photograph of a killdeer standing on a rock near the edge of a lake

This killdeer was patrolling the shoreline of Lake Yellowstone, spending most of its time on the semi-submerged rocks just beyond the shore.

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Juvenile Laughing Gull

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photograph of a juvenile laughing gull in North Carolina

This juvenile Laughing Gull was investigating a tidal pool on the beach at Corolla, NC while I was there last summer.  I had a little trouble identifying it until it finally occurred to me that it might not be an adult.

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Sanderling Display

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photography of two sanderlings on the beach in Corolla, NC

Up and on the beach early one morning in late August I watched these two sanderlings interacting.  It wasn’t clear whether this was some type of courtship display or a standoff over which bird had domain over the beach.

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