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Jim Dehnert has been at 4 events

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Landscape Photography Show12,746*Come join Popular landscape and nature photographer @115924865466302265389*  and the Landscape Photography Team on Tuesday April 8th at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  Ray is a retired scuba diving and karate instructor. He now spends his time taking photography and sharing with the Google Plus community. Ray also runs several themes on G+ including True portraits, Dawn on Sunday, Lily Monday, Grass Tuesday, Wading Bird Wenesday, Leaves on Thursdays, Buggy Friday, Swampy Saturday, Paintography, and The Magic of light!  *Be sure to circle the @114888971165518552849 page!  We have a new look and a new URL!!* Share your favorite landscape photographs with leading lines. Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!  Do NOT load an album to the event.  It will load all the photos in the album. Join the fun on Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  See you there!!Landscape Photography Show #30 Leading lines and Light with Ray Bilcliff.2014-04-09 04:00:00570  
Margaret Tompkins145,279Landscape Photography Community:  RED General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph and it must feature the color RED. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, March 17, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest # 10: RED2014-03-10 21:00:0010  
Robert SKREINER1,221,975@102506901448022034742  ► *❶st Contest* Theme: *Your TOP Bird Photos* includes all  Songbirds, Birds of Prey, Water Birds, etc. *Contest Rules:* ● Sign in to the Contest with a short comment! ● Please *share* this ► *❶st Contest* Invitation ● Photos must be your own photos and work! ● *Max 5 Photos* per participating Photographer ● Photos must be uploaded to this *❶st Contest–Page* ● Please add @102506901448022034742 & @105124330145456519952 to your circles ● Post a short own comment to your photos incl. location ● You can also give +1 to your own photos! ● Please be fair and comment also to other photos! ● Please invite your Google+ Friends and Followers. ● You can always change your photos during the contest,     if you delete before your previous photos! ● Please don't upload BW-Monochrome Photos!    There will be a NEW Contest of the Page:   @118354348104191320538   ● Don't delete the automatically shared Contest Photos    in your stream! So you will get more +1 *All ►TOP Bird Photos of this Contest◄* will be shared also at the Page: @102506901448022034742  *The 30 best of ►TOP Bird Photos on G+◄* will be also shared at the G+ Page @110538600381916983600  *The 3 best of ►TOP Photos◄* of the Winners will be shared also in the stream of @117000139571713536948   All participating Photographers will be included in  a public shared *❶st Contest* Circle of  @117000139571713536948 & @102506901448022034742 & @105124330145456519952  *The final decision about the winners is made by* *an international and independent jury.* ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ @102506901448022034742   #birdloversworldwide   @110538600381916983600 @112840736235573716407  @118354348104191320538  @105124330145456519952  @114944941956349340056  @109655133541434616383  @115580685364349575355  @105782727431661976037 @114507611997390703788  @102551956772228628364  @107009098215521569646  @104047237564402491584 @112271908611925541359  @112271908611925541359 @102664053835780029639  @112527225704468158520 @102202857193383470434  @105798359393030559274 @103374725189855996747 @110806949181190360839  @101843523903788031573 @117985549028905293535 +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide - ► ❶st Contest2013-10-07 09:00:00794  
Mountain Photos7,356*Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012* _*It's the first Wednesday of another month and is time to have another great fun with amazing mountain photos running for the month's Best Mountain Photos!*_ Come enjoy this great event! If you are not able to submit a photo, feel free to vote by giving +1's for your favorite mountain photos! *Theme*: Mountain Photos (*Black and White only*) *Rules for Participation* –Follow (circle) +Mountain Photos theme Page (required to enable the page to interact with your posts). –Upload *only one (1) entry of your original B/W photo* which you own the copyright of. There is no shooting date restriction for photos, your new or older shots will do. *Codes of Conduct* –You should not tag your entry with any theme page. –For a fair deal, all uploads must be made afresh/anew limited from the Event page and all votes must be provided from the Event page only. _(If you upload your photo directly to the event from your disk without first uploading to post or album, you can avoid plusses from outside the event)_. There is no occurrence of an error or violation of rules when your entry shows up in your personal stream with the intro: "Added *1* photo to Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012. –If an entry receives plusses from outside the event page, e.g. the owners profile page or albums, it will be removed without being rated. –If anyone does not abide by the rules, they will be removed from the event and they will have to ask for an invitation to participate again. *Durations*: Photo submission and voting will start simultaneously on Wednesday, November 7th 10:00 PM GMT when the red "+Add photos" button will be available on top of this event page. It will remain active for a three day period until November 10th, Saturday 10:00 PM GMT. During this period of 3 days, G+ users can be invited to add photos and to vote. _(Use gray "Invite more people" button on the upper right side of this event page.)_ *Voting & Assessment*: The jury is the audience including the competitors themselves. Anyone can vote and invite G+ users to vote by as much as +1's to their favorite pictures. (Participants are free to vote for their own submissions.) *Results*: At the end of the event, most plussed 3 photos, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (listed as Event Highlights on top of the Event Page) will be announced to public on +Mountain Photos page stream and besides, the Circle of "Best Mountain Photo Competitors | November 2012" will be shared publicly. So, get prepared for Wednesday, and have fun with this great event! Good luck and cheers, +Baki Karacay  Curator of +Mountain Photos  http://gplus.to/mountainphotos PS. Feel free to reshare this event. The more you share, the more followers the page has and the more visible your photos are. You are receiving this invitation because you are a follower of +Mountain Photos  Photography Theme Page and/or you were included in Amazing Mountain Photographers (AMPBest Mountain Photos Contest | November 2012 | by Mountain Photos Theme Page2012-11-07 23:00:00210  

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2015-07-02 09:47:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri; Redwood Shores, California

We don't lack for white-breasted birds around here -- here's one of my favorites, taking a rest on a bit of rock or mud.  Throw in that bright orange beak and legs for a bonus!  (Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  white-breasted, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus#bir... more »

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2015-07-20 06:54:58 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Royal Tern, Thalasseus maximus; Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

Happy birthday to Mom!
Preening atop a post on the wharf...
(Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  terns, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky LJo... more »

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2015-06-03 08:13:08 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Johnny, I told you to keep your new white feathers clean!

White Stork, Ciconia ciconia; Chellah, Morocco

For #BirdPoker  white belly (sort of), curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#africantuesday 'open' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;

#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;... more »

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2015-07-31 08:25:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Snowy Egret (juv.), Egretta thula; Mountain View, California

These young egrets will soon have black bills, but they start life looking a lot like the Great Egrets they share the trees with.  And there's no matching a heron rookery for a raucous ruckus in the evening!

For #BirdPoker  yellow beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birdscur... more »

Snowy Egret (juv.), Egretta thula; Mountain View, California

These young egrets will soon have black bills, but they start life looking a lot like the Great Egrets they share the trees with.  And there's no matching a heron rookery for a raucous ruckus in the evening!

For #BirdPoker  yellow beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
#yisforyellow +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli
#SnowyEgret, #Juvenile, #ShorebirdWayRookery___

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2015-07-31 07:51:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

American Robin, Turdus migratorius; Stanford, California

For some reason, almost all of my robin photos have very dirty beaks -- either berry-stained or muddy.  But here's a nice clean one for Phil. :-)

I recall robins being the first bird species we routinely learned to identify as children, I suppose because they are very recognizable and one of the first to return after the winter snows.  Do those of you in other places remember your first bird identification?

For #BirdPoker  yellow beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds inFocu... more »

American Robin, Turdus migratorius; Stanford, California

For some reason, almost all of my robin photos have very dirty beaks -- either berry-stained or muddy.  But here's a nice clean one for Phil. :-)

I recall robins being the first bird species we routinely learned to identify as children, I suppose because they are very recognizable and one of the first to return after the winter snows.  Do those of you in other places remember your first bird identification?

For #BirdPoker  yellow beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
#AmericanRobin___

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2015-07-30 07:38:07 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia; Marina Park, Alviso, California

Black beak, ping tongue, melodious name, what's not to like?  These are common in the marshes in our area.

For #BirdPoker  black beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +MarkRay... more »

Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia; Marina Park, Alviso, California

Black beak, ping tongue, melodious name, what's not to like?  These are common in the marshes in our area.

For #BirdPoker  black beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan
#SongSparrow, #AlvisoMarinaCountyPark___

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2015-07-29 08:07:48 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nyctanassa violacea;
Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

Look closely, and you'll find something like a shrimp being eaten!
(Best large -- click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins
#wetwednesday +* curated by +Jen Baptist
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones &+... more »

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nyctanassa violacea;
Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

Look closely, and you'll find something like a shrimp being eaten!
(Best large -- click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins
#wetwednesday +* curated by +Jen Baptist
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#nikonshooters
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan
#YellowCrownedNightHeron, #CarrieBowCay, #Belize___

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2015-07-27 08:04:32 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus, Palo Alto, California

This little fellow has a tiny beak for
#BirdPoker  small beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams... more »

Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus, Palo Alto, California

This little fellow has a tiny beak for
#BirdPoker  small beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan
#Bushtit___

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2015-07-26 08:51:49 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Clark's Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii;
Salt Pond AB1, Mountain View, California

A relatively long beak, for a grebe...

For #BirdPoker  large beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday ?#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and+... more »

Clark's Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii;
Salt Pond AB1, Mountain View, California

A relatively long beak, for a grebe...

For #BirdPoker  large beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday ?#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ClarksGrebe, #SaltPondAB1, #MountainViewCalifornia ___

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2015-07-25 09:03:57 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

The Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulture on vultures has some interesting things to say, for instance:

A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.

I'll look forward to +Jasbir S. Randhawa turning a phrase (or 10) with that...

For #BirdPoker scavengers, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000PH... more »

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

The Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulture on vultures has some interesting things to say, for instance:

A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.

I'll look forward to +Jasbir S. Randhawa turning a phrase (or 10) with that...

For #BirdPoker scavengers, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#TurkeyVulture, #ArastraderoPreserve, #BirdsInFlight___

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2015-07-23 08:18:56 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor; Klamath Lake area, Oregon

A Tree Swallow feeding its young, to go with Phil's...

For #BirdPoker  swallows, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock ,+... more »

Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor; Klamath Lake area, Oregon

A Tree Swallow feeding its young, to go with Phil's...

For #BirdPoker  swallows, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#TreeSwallow, #KlamathLake___

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2015-07-21 08:02:57 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri; Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

This charming fellow was chatting up a storm this evening, not at all disturbed by the nearby photographers!  (Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  terns, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones &+W... more »

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri; Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

This charming fellow was chatting up a storm this evening, not at all disturbed by the nearby photographers!  (Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  terns, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ForstersTern, #ShorelineLake___

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2015-07-20 06:54:58 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Royal Tern, Thalasseus maximus; Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

Happy birthday to Mom!
Preening atop a post on the wharf...
(Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  terns, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky LJo... more »

Royal Tern, Thalasseus maximus; Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

Happy birthday to Mom!
Preening atop a post on the wharf...
(Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  terns, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#RoyalTern, #CarrieBowCay , #Belize___

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2015-07-18 10:44:38 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

It's hard to beat a heron for elegance, even on a rusty pump!

For #BirdPoker  elegant birds, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +AndyBro... more »

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

It's hard to beat a heron for elegance, even on a rusty pump!

For #BirdPoker  elegant birds, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#GreatBlueHeron, #ShorelineLake___

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2015-07-16 10:37:13 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Great Egrets, Ardea alba; Snowy Egrets, Egretta thula;
Salt Pond A16, Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, Milpitas, California

If we have two hands with four of a kind, I think the taller birds win, right?
These were from last weekend, and just a subset of what were there -- I don't think I've ever seen so many egrets in one place.

For #BirdPoker  four of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;more »

Great Egrets, Ardea alba; Snowy Egrets, Egretta thula;
Salt Pond A16, Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, Milpitas, California

If we have two hands with four of a kind, I think the taller birds win, right?
These were from last weekend, and just a subset of what were there -- I don't think I've ever seen so many egrets in one place.

For #BirdPoker  four of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#GreatEgret, #SnowyEgret, #DonEdwardsSanFranciscoBayNWR___

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2015-07-16 10:29:34 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Wilson's Phalaropes, Phalaropus tricolor;
New Chicago Marsh, Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, Alviso, California

These are a bit bigger and definitely more colorful than the typical sandpiper.  From last weekend, a new one for me...

For #BirdPoker  four of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics +Fresh Pics curatedby... more »

Wilson's Phalaropes, Phalaropus tricolor;
New Chicago Marsh, Don Edwards SF Bay NWR, Alviso, California

These are a bit bigger and definitely more colorful than the typical sandpiper.  From last weekend, a new one for me...

For #BirdPoker  four of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#WilsonsPhalarope, #DonEdwardsSanFranciscoBayNWR___

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2015-07-15 07:15:21 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

1 + 1 = 3
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus; Burney Falls State Park, California

To follow up on yesterday's pair posts, here's what happens when you put two birds in a nest -- you get three, at least sometimes.  (The third is barely poking his head up in the middle -- view large.  Click the photo, then hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  three of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;#... more »

1 + 1 = 3
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus; Burney Falls State Park, California

To follow up on yesterday's pair posts, here's what happens when you put two birds in a nest -- you get three, at least sometimes.  (The third is barely poking his head up in the middle -- view large.  Click the photo, then hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  three of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#Osprey, #BurneyFallsStatePark___

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2015-07-14 08:13:02 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Nesting White Storks, Ciconia ciconia; Chellah, Morocco
with a bonus European Starling if you look closely.

This pair was nesting on top of a 14th-century minaret with beautiful tilework in Chellah, south of Rabat.  The site contains ruins from the Roman town of Sala Colonia, as well as medieval Islamic ruins and necropolis.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chellah

For #africantuesday 'open theme' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;
#BirdPoker 'two of a kind' +Bird Poker curated by +Phil Armishaw;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;more »

Nesting White Storks, Ciconia ciconia; Chellah, Morocco
with a bonus European Starling if you look closely.

This pair was nesting on top of a 14th-century minaret with beautiful tilework in Chellah, south of Rabat.  The site contains ruins from the Roman town of Sala Colonia, as well as medieval Islamic ruins and necropolis.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chellah

For #africantuesday 'open theme' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;
#BirdPoker 'two of a kind' +Bird Poker curated by +Phil Armishaw;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#WhiteStork, #EuropeanStarling, #Chellah, #Morocco, #Minaret___

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2015-07-14 07:41:28 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The birds do it, ...
Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus;
Redwood Shores, California

Here we have two-of-a-kind cormorants, male and female, trying to become 3-or-more-of-a-kind.  Best large (click the photo, hit the space bar).

For #BirdPoker  two of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by+R... more »

The birds do it, ...
Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus;
Redwood Shores, California

Here we have two-of-a-kind cormorants, male and female, trying to become 3-or-more-of-a-kind.  Best large (click the photo, hit the space bar).

For #BirdPoker  two of a kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#lowanglephotography +***** curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#DoubleCrestedCormorant, #Mating___

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2015-07-11 11:07:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis; Shoreline, Mountain View, California

#BirdPoker  bird on a wire, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr,+M... more »

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis; Shoreline, Mountain View, California

#BirdPoker  bird on a wire, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#NorthernRoughWingedSwallow___

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2015-07-09 06:49:57 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

California Gull, Larus californicus; Alviso marina, California

Taken a couple of weeks ago in late afternoon as the salt ponds darkened.  Best large - click the photo & hit the space bar.

For #BirdPoker  blue, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn;
#ColorsOnFriday +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;... more »

California Gull, Larus californicus; Alviso marina, California

Taken a couple of weeks ago in late afternoon as the salt ponds darkened.  Best large - click the photo & hit the space bar.

For #BirdPoker  blue, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn;
#ColorsOnFriday +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer and +Britta Rogge;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#Gulloftheweek +* curated by +Melanie MP and +Renee Hawk;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#CaliforniaGull___

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2015-07-08 07:50:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#lonelychairtuesdays +Lonely Chair Tuesdays curated by +Lauri Novak and +Rachel Tine;
#AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#StanfordUniversity

#WordlessOnWednesday  

#lonelychairtuesdays +Lonely Chair Tuesdays curated by +Lauri Novak and +Rachel Tine;
#AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome curated by +Charles Lupica,  +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian Cox and +Bill Wood;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#StanfordUniversity___

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2015-07-03 09:39:16 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus; Palo Alto, California

Another House Finch to cover Phil's for
#BirdPoker  red-breasted, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos+... more »

House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus; Palo Alto, California

Another House Finch to cover Phil's for
#BirdPoker  red-breasted, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#HouseFinch___

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2015-07-02 09:47:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri; Redwood Shores, California

We don't lack for white-breasted birds around here -- here's one of my favorites, taking a rest on a bit of rock or mud.  Throw in that bright orange beak and legs for a bonus!  (Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  white-breasted, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus#bir... more »

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri; Redwood Shores, California

We don't lack for white-breasted birds around here -- here's one of my favorites, taking a rest on a bit of rock or mud.  Throw in that bright orange beak and legs for a bonus!  (Best large - click the photo, hit the space bar.)

For #BirdPoker  white-breasted, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ForstersTern___

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2015-06-30 10:04:06 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Recessed screen, Salé, Morocco

And more importantly, a green roof for +Dusty Gedge!

#africantuesday 'open theme' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#SaleMorocco, #DoorsAndWindows

Recessed screen, Salé, Morocco

And more importantly, a green roof for +Dusty Gedge!

#africantuesday 'open theme' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#SaleMorocco, #DoorsAndWindows___

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2015-06-29 08:01:07 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Willet Wings Up, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus;
Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa; Alviso, California

This was a small part of a large mixed flock of shorebirds setting in for the night.  If you look closely, you'll see the difference in the Godwit just behind the front Willet -- longer, bi-colored bill -- but I think the rest are Willets here.  They're grayer than they look in this lighting.

For #BirdPoker  wings up, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curatedby ... more »

Willet Wings Up, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus;
Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa; Alviso, California

This was a small part of a large mixed flock of shorebirds setting in for the night.  If you look closely, you'll see the difference in the Godwit just behind the front Willet -- longer, bi-colored bill -- but I think the rest are Willets here.  They're grayer than they look in this lighting.

For #BirdPoker  wings up, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#MarbledGodwit, #Willet___

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2015-06-28 11:21:55 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The Old in the New, Minneapolis High-Rises at dusk.

For #Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Wing Yau Au Yeong;
#HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag, +Оксана Крысюкова, +Alejandro J. Soto, and +Daniel Grey;
#lowanglephotography +*** curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#BTPArchitecturePro – +BTP Architecture Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Aamir Shahzad;
#Minneapolis

The Old in the New, Minneapolis High-Rises at dusk.

For #Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Architecture curated by +Wing Yau Au Yeong;
#HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag, +Оксана Крысюкова, +Alejandro J. Soto, and +Daniel Grey;
#lowanglephotography +*** curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#BTPArchitecturePro – +BTP Architecture Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Aamir Shahzad;
#Minneapolis___

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2015-06-28 10:59:39 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

Showing off all of his wing feathers for #BirdPoker  feather detail, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker.  (Actually, he had just landed on the wheel, and was getting his balance.)

#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José JuanEsc... more »

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

Showing off all of his wing feathers for #BirdPoker  feather detail, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker.  (Actually, he had just landed on the wheel, and was getting his balance.)

#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#lowanglephotography +* curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#GreatBlueHeron___

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2015-06-27 10:55:37 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos;
attacking a Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This Mockingbird is attacking a Red-tailed Hawk 20 meters from its (the hawk's) nest with three chicks (also much bigger than the Mockingbird) - hard to beat for sheer chutzpah!  The hawk put up with it for several minutes, probably thinking, "if I turn around quickly can I get the little b*d," before flying away.

For #BirdPoker  aggressive, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#ActionMonday +ActionMonday curated by +Adrian Buturca;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERScu... more »

Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos;
attacking a Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This Mockingbird is attacking a Red-tailed Hawk 20 meters from its (the hawk's) nest with three chicks (also much bigger than the Mockingbird) - hard to beat for sheer chutzpah!  The hawk put up with it for several minutes, probably thinking, "if I turn around quickly can I get the little b*d," before flying away.

For #BirdPoker  aggressive, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#ActionMonday +ActionMonday curated by +Adrian Buturca;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#lowanglephotography +*** curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#NorthernMockingbird, #RedTailedHawk___

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2015-06-25 08:06:45 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis;
Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield, Colorado

Since Phil got two nuthatches, +Wayne Atkinson requesting a finch and +Dominique Morice a yellow bird, here's a Goldfinch!

The next photo will be ... a Hornbill, Toucan, or something else with a Very Large Bill!

For #BirdPoker "the next bird...", curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birdscu... more »

American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis;
Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield, Colorado

Since Phil got two nuthatches, +Wayne Atkinson requesting a finch and +Dominique Morice a yellow bird, here's a Goldfinch!

The next photo will be ... a Hornbill, Toucan, or something else with a Very Large Bill!

For #BirdPoker "the next bird...", curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#YellowCircle +* curated by +Brian Dukes;
#yisforyellow +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#AmericanGoldfinch; #Colorado___

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2015-06-24 08:06:16 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor; Sunnyvale WPCP, California
A bit leggy, but still graceful...

This poor bird is rather lost, and probably lonely. :-)  The last time I saw one was in Namibia, which is where it belongs (or southern Africa in general).  This one has been in our area for at least a couple years, and seems to be "settled," but no one has gotten past speculation about its origin AFAIK.  No zoos have records of losing one.  Meantime, we can enjoy its presence!

For #BirdPoker  graceful, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery+Bird... more »

Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor; Sunnyvale WPCP, California
A bit leggy, but still graceful...

This poor bird is rather lost, and probably lonely. :-)  The last time I saw one was in Namibia, which is where it belongs (or southern Africa in general).  This one has been in our area for at least a couple years, and seems to be "settled," but no one has gotten past speculation about its origin AFAIK.  No zoos have records of losing one.  Meantime, we can enjoy its presence!

For #BirdPoker  graceful, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#LesserFlamingo___

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2015-06-22 09:05:31 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Acorn Woodpecker (m.), Melanerpes formicivorus;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

The Acorn Woodpecker is named for its practice of harvesting and storing large numbers of acorns in holes that it drills into a "granary tree," often a dead oak.  The male here has a larger red patch on the head than the female, extending up past its eye.

For #BirdPoker  male features, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds+H... more »

Acorn Woodpecker (m.), Melanerpes formicivorus;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

The Acorn Woodpecker is named for its practice of harvesting and storing large numbers of acorns in holes that it drills into a "granary tree," often a dead oak.  The male here has a larger red patch on the head than the female, extending up past its eye.

For #BirdPoker  male features, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#AcornWoodpecker___

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2015-06-21 11:15:42 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Don't think for a moment that I trust you...
Common Raven, Corvus corax; Redwood Shores, California

It's hard to beat the corvids for attitude...

For #BirdPoker  attitude, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +AlbertoCar... more »

Don't think for a moment that I trust you...
Common Raven, Corvus corax; Redwood Shores, California

It's hard to beat the corvids for attitude...

For #BirdPoker  attitude, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#CommonRaven___

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2015-06-20 09:57:19 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi; Klamath Lake area, Oregon

These are interesting-looking birds...  This was my first, a couple years ago up north.  We rarely see them in my area, but a pair came through this week!  I saw them, but at dusk at a distance, which did not produce good photos.

For #BirdPoker  still water, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleliand ... more »

White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi; Klamath Lake area, Oregon

These are interesting-looking birds...  This was my first, a couple years ago up north.  We rarely see them in my area, but a pair came through this week!  I saw them, but at dusk at a distance, which did not produce good photos.

For #BirdPoker  still water, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#WhiteFacedIbis; #KlamathLakeNWR___

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2015-06-19 09:19:21 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This tern is showing off his beautiful orange legs and beak, while letting us know his opinion of the world in general...

For #BirdPoker  orange legs, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focusc... more »

Forster's Tern, Sterna forsteri;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This tern is showing off his beautiful orange legs and beak, while letting us know his opinion of the world in general...

For #BirdPoker  orange legs, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ForstersTern; #ShorelinePark___

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2015-06-17 09:53:11 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Melodious Blackbird, Dives dives; Belize Zoo (wild), Belize

This fellow is showing off his tail for yesterday's theme.  And they were fairly melodious!

For #BirdPoker  tails, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by+Al... more »

Melodious Blackbird, Dives dives; Belize Zoo (wild), Belize

This fellow is showing off his tail for yesterday's theme.  And they were fairly melodious!

For #BirdPoker  tails, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#MelodiousBlackbird; #Belize  ___

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2015-06-17 09:45:50 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

House Finch (f.), Carpodacus mexicanus; Palo Alto, California

... with a mouthful of insects?  I'm not sure...

For #BirdPoker  females, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;#... more »

House Finch (f.), Carpodacus mexicanus; Palo Alto, California

... with a mouthful of insects?  I'm not sure...

For #BirdPoker  females, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#HouseFinch___

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2015-06-14 11:37:41 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

California Gull, Larus californicus; Sunnyvale WPCP, California

This fellow was dipping in and out of the water today -- I never saw him come up with anything, though he generally presented the wrong end...

Which makes him a suitable contribution to #SeagullButtSunday,
definitely not an actual theme, and definitely not moderated in any way by these people.
+Robin Griggs Wood
+Ursula Klepper
+Christin McLeod
+Sassi Sassmannshausen
+Lauri Novak
+Richard Ball
+Craig Szymanski
+Melissa Beagle
+Ellie Kennard
+Cora Triton
+Steve Savoie
+Pam Wolfe
+Joy mum
+Jon Cassill
+Tom McGowan
+Annie Irving
+Diana Boyd
+Debby Moran
+Alex Lapidus
+Lou McCorkle
+Rob Lopes
+Kim Smith
+Bette Kauffman
+Liz C
+Jacqueline Hodsdon
+Darion Jackman
+Steven Kennard
+Sharon... more »

California Gull, Larus californicus; Sunnyvale WPCP, California

This fellow was dipping in and out of the water today -- I never saw him come up with anything, though he generally presented the wrong end...

Which makes him a suitable contribution to #SeagullButtSunday,
definitely not an actual theme, and definitely not moderated in any way by these people.
+Robin Griggs Wood
+Ursula Klepper
+Christin McLeod
+Sassi Sassmannshausen
+Lauri Novak
+Richard Ball
+Craig Szymanski
+Melissa Beagle
+Ellie Kennard
+Cora Triton
+Steve Savoie
+Pam Wolfe
+Joy mum
+Jon Cassill
+Tom McGowan
+Annie Irving
+Diana Boyd
+Debby Moran
+Alex Lapidus
+Lou McCorkle
+Rob Lopes
+Kim Smith
+Bette Kauffman
+Liz C
+Jacqueline Hodsdon
+Darion Jackman
+Steven Kennard
+Sharon Stone
+Dawn Siadatan
+Sumit Sen
+Jasbir S. Randhawa
+Gazzaroonii T.
+John Wade
+Dave Bell
+Swee Oh
+Leo Deegan
+Nancy Battis Vita
+Patrick Kelly
+Marilyn Benham
+Mari Luukkonen
+Lora Lee Chapman
+Giselle Savoie
+Carin Bruce
+David Q. Cohen
+Gernot Glaeser
+Maureen Roberson
+Brian Grzelewski
+BJ Bolender
+Darcee McCutcheon
+Annelies Jansen
+Rachel Ferris
+Margaret Tompkins
+Jan Vermeulen

#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#Gulloftheweek +* curated by +Melanie MP and +Renee Hawk;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#CaliforniaGull;___

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2015-06-13 09:28:25 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

Unlike Phil's cormorant, this little fellow clearly has oiled feathers -- you can see the water beading on his back!  Best large - click on the photo and then hit the space bar.

For #BirdPoker  all wet, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hawkeasfriends +Hawkea's friends curated by +Fabio Bucchieri;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birdscu... more »

Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

Unlike Phil's cormorant, this little fellow clearly has oiled feathers -- you can see the water beading on his back!  Best large - click on the photo and then hit the space bar.

For #BirdPoker  all wet, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hawkeasfriends +Hawkea's friends curated by +Fabio Bucchieri;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#EaredGrebe___

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2015-06-12 07:32:49 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens; Palo Alto, California

This is the classic "say-my-name" bird that I think of.  Its family moved into this birdhouse soon after I put it up this spring.

For #BirdPoker  say my name, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hawkeasfriends+Ha... more »

Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens; Palo Alto, California

This is the classic "say-my-name" bird that I think of.  Its family moved into this birdhouse soon after I put it up this spring.

For #BirdPoker  say my name, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hawkeasfriends +Hawkea's friends curated by +Fabio Bucchieri;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ChestnutBackedChickadee___

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2015-06-08 06:39:58 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon; New Lagoon, Belize

For #BirdPoker  kingfishers, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis ,+D... more »

Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon; New Lagoon, Belize

For #BirdPoker  kingfishers, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#BeltedKingfisher, #Belize___

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2015-06-07 10:02:43 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus;
Stevens Creek, Mountain View, California

A flight of cormorants to their evening roost a couple evenings ago...

For #BirdPoker  high-key, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#SunsetSaturday +Sunset Saturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José JuanEs... more »

Double-crested Cormorants, Phalacrocorax auritus;
Stevens Creek, Mountain View, California

A flight of cormorants to their evening roost a couple evenings ago...

For #BirdPoker  high-key, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#SunsetSaturday +Sunset Saturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#DoubleCrestedCormorant.___

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2015-06-07 09:49:43 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Sundown eruption of gulls

I don't know what disturbed them (a falcon?), but these gulls erupted suddenly from their nesting area (near Adobe Creek in Mountain View, California).

For #BirdPoker  light, action, colour; curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#saturdaynightlight +SaturdayNightLight curated by +Dirk Heindoerfer;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#SunsetSaturday +Sunset Saturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +HeinrichW... more »

Sundown eruption of gulls

I don't know what disturbed them (a falcon?), but these gulls erupted suddenly from their nesting area (near Adobe Creek in Mountain View, California).

For #BirdPoker  light, action, colour; curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#saturdaynightlight +SaturdayNightLight curated by +Dirk Heindoerfer;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#SunsetSaturday +Sunset Saturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#Gulloftheweek +* curated by +Melanie MP and +Renee Hawk;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan.___

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2015-06-05 08:06:36 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius; Palo Alto, California

I caught this fellow bathing in our backyard fountain a couple months back.  It's generally off for our drought, but we keep some water in the pool for the birds (and to keep the plumbing clean).

For #BirdPoker  shade, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +HowardWei... more »

Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius; Palo Alto, California

I caught this fellow bathing in our backyard fountain a couple months back.  It's generally off for our drought, but we keep some water in the pool for the birds (and to keep the plumbing clean).

For #BirdPoker  shade, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#VariedThrush___

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2015-06-03 08:13:08 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Johnny, I told you to keep your new white feathers clean!

White Stork, Ciconia ciconia; Chellah, Morocco

For #BirdPoker  white belly (sort of), curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#africantuesday 'open' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;

#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;... more »

Johnny, I told you to keep your new white feathers clean!

White Stork, Ciconia ciconia; Chellah, Morocco

For #BirdPoker  white belly (sort of), curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#africantuesday 'open' +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;

#whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#WhiteStork, #Chellah, #Morocco___

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2015-06-02 09:41:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Turkey Vulture dining, Cathartes aura;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

Whatever this Turkey Vulture was eating was almost as big as he was, so he must have been tackling it in pieces. :-))

For #BirdPoker piece by piece, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole... more »

Turkey Vulture dining, Cathartes aura;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

Whatever this Turkey Vulture was eating was almost as big as he was, so he must have been tackling it in pieces. :-))

For #BirdPoker piece by piece, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#TurkeyVulture, #ShorelinePark___

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2015-06-01 08:36:21 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis; New Lagoon, Belize

This egret is demonstrating the source of its name (almost), as it hangs around the deer (should be a cow, obviously) waiting for food to be flushed.

For #BirdPoker  "in their proper place", curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;more »

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis; New Lagoon, Belize

This egret is demonstrating the source of its name (almost), as it hangs around the deer (should be a cow, obviously) waiting for food to be flushed.

For #BirdPoker  "in their proper place", curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#CattleEgret, #Belize, #NewLagoon___

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2015-05-31 10:59:03 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Autumn Rose

With raindrops, so it must have been a different year. :-)

Happy birthday to +Ralitza Tchiorniy!

For #floralfriday +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +***;
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Kawthar A, +***, +Melania Pierce, +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk, and +Wayne Lu;
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Terrie Gray, +Robert Vierthaler, +Albert Vuvu Konde, and +Stefanie Schächtel;
#Macro4All +Macro4All curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen ;
#YellowCircle +*** curated by +Brian Dukes;
#yisforyellow +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli;
#BTPFlowerPro – +BTP Flower Pro founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +ИванкаГущерова a... more »

Autumn Rose

With raindrops, so it must have been a different year. :-)

Happy birthday to +Ralitza Tchiorniy!

For #floralfriday +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +***;
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Kawthar A, +***, +Melania Pierce, +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk, and +Wayne Lu;
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Terrie Gray, +Robert Vierthaler, +Albert Vuvu Konde, and +Stefanie Schächtel;
#Macro4All +Macro4All curated by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen and +Walter Soestbergen ;
#YellowCircle +*** curated by +Brian Dukes;
#yisforyellow +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli;
#BTPFlowerPro – +BTP Flower Pro founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Иванка Гущерова and +Walli Veeser.___

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2015-05-31 10:42:54 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Forster's Tern and dinner, Sterna forsteri;
Stevens Creek Trail, Mountain View, California

These terns generally eat their food whole.  This fish was a little large, it seemed, and the tern flew around with it for several minutes at least (I stopped paying attention), even though there was a flock of gulls in the area.  Perhaps he couldn't figure out what to do with it! Or was showing off...

For #BirdPoker  Prey in one Piece, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker ;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday ?#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus#bir... more »

Forster's Tern and dinner, Sterna forsteri;
Stevens Creek Trail, Mountain View, California

These terns generally eat their food whole.  This fish was a little large, it seemed, and the tern flew around with it for several minutes at least (I stopped paying attention), even though there was a flock of gulls in the area.  Perhaps he couldn't figure out what to do with it! Or was showing off...

For #BirdPoker  Prey in one Piece, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker ;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wadingbirdwednesday ?#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#ForstersTern, #StevensCreek___

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2015-05-30 08:26:58 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

When Phil announced this topic, I realized that there are very few birds that I know store food.  But this woodpecker does it pretty dramatically.  They find dead trees and fill them with little (thumb-sized) holes where they store their acorns -- these "granary trees" can be quite impressive!

For #BirdPoker  storing food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +WalterSoe... more »

Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

When Phil announced this topic, I realized that there are very few birds that I know store food.  But this woodpecker does it pretty dramatically.  They find dead trees and fill them with little (thumb-sized) holes where they store their acorns -- these "granary trees" can be quite impressive!

For #BirdPoker  storing food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#AcornWoodpecker, #ArastraderoPreserve___

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2015-05-29 08:35:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

Another shot of the TVs from last weekend seems perfect for
#BirdPoker  wingspan, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#flybyfriday +Fly By Friday curated by +John Spade;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curatedby ... more »

Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura;
Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, California

Another shot of the TVs from last weekend seems perfect for
#BirdPoker  wingspan, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#flybyfriday +Fly By Friday curated by +John Spade;
#birdsofpreysunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#TurkeyVulture, #ArastraderoPreserve___

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2015-05-26 08:42:46 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis; Palo Alto, California

A recent backyard visitor shows off his insect-hunting implement...

For #BirdPoker  beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones &+... more »

White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis; Palo Alto, California

A recent backyard visitor shows off his insect-hunting implement...

For #BirdPoker  beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#SongbirdSaturday +SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
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2015-05-25 06:40:04 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

These eyes are pretty piercing!  You can begin to see the transformation to breeding plumage in the feathers behind the eyes.

For #BirdPoker  eyes, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
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#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
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#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +BrettSi... more »

Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

These eyes are pretty piercing!  You can begin to see the transformation to breeding plumage in the feathers behind the eyes.

For #BirdPoker  eyes, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Liz C;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +*;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan;
#EaredGrebe, #ShorelineLake___

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