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Jim Dehnert has been at 4 events

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Landscape Photography Show10,788*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 Tompkins139,287Landscape 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 SKREINER1,216,918@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 09:00:00793  
Mountain Photos7,103*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 23:00:00211  

Jim Dehnert has been shared in 268 public circles

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Grobler du Preez91,720#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  March 17th, 2015 - "Open Theme"Two new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2015-03-24 08:56:12194206
Walter Soestbergen76,467✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯This is the 1st #Birds4All circle share for 2015.This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleSharing is not required but is highly appreciated when this is doneIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241 which is greatly maintained by  +Jane Floor with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen2015-03-18 20:01:56320924093
Grobler du Preez91,488#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  March 10th, 2015 - "Open Theme"Two new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2015-03-17 09:38:55192000
Ruta a la Patagonia22,658┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v35 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Great Friends v35 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:  +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #share   #circleshare   #patagonia  2015-03-13 00:00:10497239
Gailen Mapes82,656Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 12 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-12 13:07:36125001
Grobler du Preez91,548#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  March 3rd, 2015 - "African Interaction"One new face added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2015-03-09 19:21:43190003
Bintri martanti316 Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-02-28 18:02:31501001
Grobler du Preez91,411#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  February 17th, 2014 - "Open Theme"One new face added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2015-02-24 16:37:17190000
Grobler du Preez91,400#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  February 10th, 2014 - "BIG CATS"Many new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2015-02-16 10:46:25189002
Gailen Mapes78,656Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-15 11:51:23120004
Juhi Verma48The Amazing  #Circle - Just Do It!#sports #triathlons #marathons #triathlon #exercise #health #nutrition #running #biking #swimming #Sport #FridaySharedCircle #SharedCircle of #sportlover #sportmen #sportwomen  #Sport #FridaySharedCircle #SharedCircle of #sportlover #sportmen #sportwomen   www.technologypools.co.uk2015-02-09 12:57:59488000
Margaret Tompkins133,456Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Kevin O'Connell +Tom Lussier 2015-01-17 14:38:48132345
Gailen Mapes75,285Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-15 11:36:23123000
Валентина Винидиктова0#Добавь в круги#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared  2014-12-17 16:11:50501023
Gailen Mapes73,640Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-15 11:34:59122012
Валентина Винидиктова0#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles  #hyperball  #circlescirclescircles   #circleoftheweek  #CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#GooglePlusTips#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#Google#EliteInnerCircle#PublicCircle#AddCircle#Marketing#teamelitecircle#SocialMedia#HearingAids#SocialMediaMarketing#dontconfusethecircles#TeamElite#Engagers#Shared#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим#Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг 2014-12-10 08:55:32501000
Project Bolony1,679Thanksgiving CircleRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-29 14:29:29265107
Grobler du Preez90,386#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday  November 11th, 2014 - "OPEN THEME"Two new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-11-17 14:37:23192002
Gailen Mapes71,359Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-15 11:15:40120001
Валентина Винидиктова0#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles  #hyperball  #circlescirclescircles   #circleoftheweek  #CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#GooglePlusTips#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#Google#EliteInnerCircle#PublicCircle#AddCircle#Marketing#teamelitecircle#SocialMedia#HearingAids#SocialMediaMarketing#dontconfusethecircles#TeamElite#Engagers#Shared#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим#Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг 2014-11-05 13:48:41501000
Grobler du Preez90,023#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday TOP 5:  October 28th, 2014 - "OPEN THEME"Two new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-11-03 11:51:21190101
Grobler du Preez89,745#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #AfricanTuesday TOP 5:  October 21st, 2014 - "GREEN AFRICA"Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-10-27 09:06:23187006
CAT kitten3,090CATkitten Circles – 3rd day:► Circle 03 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!► Cercle 03 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!► Círculo 03– hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it.Online photography magazines you may like:• http://www.besttopphotographer.com/   • http://stunningmoment.com/2014photography.php • http://www.PhotoExtract.com/  #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircle   #awesomecircles   #awesomepeolpleongplus   #cercle   #circle   #circles   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circulocompartido   #círculos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   2014-10-22 09:53:39499326
Grobler du Preez89,579#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to AfricanTuesday TOP 5:   October 14th, 2014 - "Open Theme"Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-10-20 17:09:56187008
Linda Motoiu60,126#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 42014-10-19 08:25:4738315421
Gailen Mapes69,130Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-10-15 10:44:58125000
Grobler du Preez89,481#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to AfricanTuesday TOP 5:   September 30th, 2014 - "Open Theme"Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-10-06 10:50:17186112
Grobler du Preez89,367#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to AfricanTuesday TOP 5:  September 23rd, 2014 - "This is Africa"Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-09-29 08:53:111831112
Ryan Johnson13,289Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme     #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circles #circleoftheday   #cerchiacondivisa  2014-09-26 10:19:47494453689
Grobler du Preez89,493#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday September 16th, 2014 - "Open Theme"One new face added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-09-23 09:58:00181109
Grobler du Preez89,361#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday September 9th, 2014 - "Monochrome Africa"Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-09-15 10:05:271790213
Gailen Mapes67,918Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera D-F - 15 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-15 10:04:58128918
Grobler du Preez89,142*#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday September 2nd, 2014 - "Open Theme" *Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-09-08 08:10:141785215
Grobler du Preez88,975* #AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday August 26th, 2014 - "I love Africa" *Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-09-02 09:28:391770216
Kerpi Burgan4,490#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-08-28 10:13:45234506
Kerpi Burgan4,490#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-08-28 10:13:33453405
Grobler du Preez88,935* #AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday August 19th, 2014 - "Open Theme" *Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-08-25 15:40:151760410
Grobler du Preez88,923#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday   August 12th, 2014 - "WORLD ELEPHANT DAY"Three new faces added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-08-18 17:52:44176046
Gailen Mapes66,877Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  D-F - 15 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-15 10:54:531237113
Лилия Кулешова0Добавьте меня в круги. :)#CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#GooglePlusTips#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#Google#EliteInnerCircle#PublicCircle#AddCircle#Marketing#teamelitecircle#SocialMedia#Engagers#Shared #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #ГуглCircleOfTheDay#SocialMediaMarketing2014-08-13 11:03:27500004
Businessmens.ru4,513Расшариваем круги и добавляем новые подписки.#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления 2014-08-11 07:02:225014212
Сергей Новиков1,050Расшариваем круги и добавляем новые подписки.#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления 2014-08-11 07:01:58501238
Linda Motoiu57,984#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 32014-08-09 16:30:01378592077
HQSP Gold28,622Release 2014 July HQSP Winners circle!The seventh circle of this year! +Krystina Isabella Brion, +Heiko Köster, +Terrie Gray , +Michael Sonntag , +Suzi Harr , +Simon Wareham  and +Anja Wessels say thanks to all HQSP team and to all contributors to HQSP pages. You can support the winners and the team and yourself by adding and sharing the circle, looking at the list and commenting here. In this circle: - All who have made it with their post to the +HQSP Winners  page in July- All HQSP pages and team-members (If you got notification you are in)*Keep sharing your best photos with us and maybe you will be in our next Winners circle too!2014-07-31 22:07:03308264332
David Pond26,449#close2home   Contributor  Thank you circle!  July 20 2014+Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel 2014-07-20 17:31:55412231037
Grobler du Preez88,976#AfricanTuesdayTop5 circle - winners up to #africantuesday   July 8th, 2014 - "Open Theme"One new face added. Add the circle if you want to see great photos from Africa including the Big 5...! (Please remember that if you have added the circle previously, your copy is not updated automatically when we add people - you have to add the circle again)This circle contains all the winners of the weekly #africantuesday theme and also includes the theme curators. This circle contains some great photographers! See their winning posts at #africantuesdaytop5  or +African Tuesday The only way to get into this circle is by submitting your photos for the specific weekly theme for #africantuesday every Tuesday and to be selected as one of the top 5 photos.2014-07-18 07:38:561732218
Businessmens.ru4,341 Расшариваем круги и добавляем новые подписки.#ГуглПлюс #Делюськругом #Круг #КругДня #Круги #Круглим #Круглы #Кругляши #ОткрытыйКруг #Люди #ВзаимныеЛюди #Взаимный #ВзаимныйФолловинг #Группа #Группы #Гугл #Добавить #Други #Друзья #Знакомства #Интересно #Интернет #КлубВзаимногоЧтения #КогоПочитать #Новости #Обмен #Общество #Объявления2014-07-17 19:41:05501317
Gailen Mapes66,154Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  D-F - 15 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-15 11:00:561201237
Linda Motoiu55,516#circle   #photographers  My favorite photographers circle - release 22014-06-20 18:41:243737029100
Tasya Alun1,063This circle is made up of people that interact and engage on my posts. I will be adding several people soon that have been interacting with me.As most circles, to get in on this:1. Go to the original post2. Add the circle3.. Plus this post, share and mention my name so I get notified to add you.2014-06-17 17:52:024687015

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2015-03-01 10:25:01 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias; South Water Cay, Belize

We have lots of these at home, but I don't often get to spend a couple of hours sitting on a balcony on an island watching them feed in a tropical lagoon...

For #BirdPoker  gray, 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;
#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 & +WalterS... more »

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2015-03-12 09:06:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The best climbers plan carefully
Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica, Stanford, California

I had been thinking about re-posting some of my earliest Google+ photos, when Phil asked for something that wasn't in my queue.  So here's my first #BirdPoker "looking up" entry, from 3 years ago.

For #BirdPoker  looking up, 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 Birdscur... more »

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2015-03-25 07:34:12 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Mealy Parrot, Amazona farinosa; Tikal, Guatemala

Another record-only shot from the same trip, taken in bad early-morning light.

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen.

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2015-03-29 08:16:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla; Don Edwards NWR, Alviso, California

A cute little 'peep' with very yellow legs.  For three of a kind look back a couple weeks in this album, though his friends have been playing in the mud.

For #BirdPoker  yellow legs, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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;
#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+Ro... more »

Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla; Don Edwards NWR, Alviso, California

A cute little 'peep' with very yellow legs.  For three of a kind look back a couple weeks in this album, though his friends have been playing in the mud.

For #BirdPoker  yellow legs, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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;
#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;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan.___

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2015-03-27 08:04:24 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

California Quail, Callipepla californica; San Gregorio, California

Here's another shot of the Quail foraging on a local farm last weekend.  I couldn't tell from a distance whether he was picking up vegetation or something else.

For #BirdPoker  looking for food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;]
#farmfriday +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard and +Steven Kennard;
#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 »

California Quail, Callipepla californica; San Gregorio, California

Here's another shot of the Quail foraging on a local farm last weekend.  I couldn't tell from a distance whether he was picking up vegetation or something else.

For #BirdPoker  looking for food, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;]
#farmfriday +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard and +Steven Kennard;
#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;
#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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2015-03-26 08:03:35 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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

We have a new birdhouse this year, with cute tenants, thought they're more in evidence some days than others.

For #BirdPoker  hanging on, 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 +SuziHar... more »

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

We have a new birdhouse this year, with cute tenants, thought they're more in evidence some days than others.

For #BirdPoker  hanging on, 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;
#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;
#ChestnutBackedChickadee.___

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2015-03-25 08:04:34 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Green-breasted Mango, Anthracothorax prevostii;
and Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Campylopterus curvipennis;
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Belize;
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Eupherusa eximia;
Coxcomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Finishing off tonight's Belize record posts, here are three hummingbirds. There was a wonderful variety, typically difficult to shoot! :-))  The first of these places was quite interesting for another reason -- they raise many of the world's Central American captive butterflies for zoos and the like.  These can't generally be raised by the institutions receiving them, as they all require very specialized diets.  So they are raised here near their native habitat and shipped in their cocoons.

For #BirdPoker record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curatedby ... more »

Green-breasted Mango, Anthracothorax prevostii;
and Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Campylopterus curvipennis;
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Belize;
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Eupherusa eximia;
Coxcomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Finishing off tonight's Belize record posts, here are three hummingbirds. There was a wonderful variety, typically difficult to shoot! :-))  The first of these places was quite interesting for another reason -- they raise many of the world's Central American captive butterflies for zoos and the like.  These can't generally be raised by the institutions receiving them, as they all require very specialized diets.  So they are raised here near their native habitat and shipped in their cocoons.

For #BirdPoker record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo.___

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2015-03-25 07:43:29 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus; New Lagoon, Belize

We saw a number of these, but somehow this was the best photo I ended up with.  They are pretty birds...

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo.

Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus; New Lagoon, Belize

We saw a number of these, but somehow this was the best photo I ended up with.  They are pretty birds...

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo.___

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2015-03-25 07:34:12 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Mealy Parrot, Amazona farinosa; Tikal, Guatemala

Another record-only shot from the same trip, taken in bad early-morning light.

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen.

Mealy Parrot, Amazona farinosa; Tikal, Guatemala

Another record-only shot from the same trip, taken in bad early-morning light.

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen.___

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2015-03-25 07:29:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Vermillion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus; Hill Bank Preserve, Belize

The most recognizable shot I got of this beautiful bird isn't fit for much more than a record. :-)

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen.

Vermillion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus; Hill Bank Preserve, Belize

The most recognizable shot I got of this beautiful bird isn't fit for much more than a record. :-)

For #BirdPoker  record shots, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsinfocus #birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen.___

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2015-03-23 06:37:18 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

California Quail, Callipepla californica; with
White-crowned Sparrow (juv.), Zonotrichia leucophrys;
San Gregorio, California

This is the first time I've gotten California Quail photos, yesterday, just in time for #BirdPoker 's "tufted" theme.  Their plumes are probably the most extreme tufts I see in this area.  In front of him is what appears to be a juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow, just beginning to grow his black crown-stripes -- that should serve for yesterday's "juvenile" theme.  A very unmatched set...

For #BirdPoker  "tufted" and "juvenile", 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;#b... more »

California Quail, Callipepla californica; with
White-crowned Sparrow (juv.), Zonotrichia leucophrys;
San Gregorio, California

This is the first time I've gotten California Quail photos, yesterday, just in time for #BirdPoker 's "tufted" theme.  Their plumes are probably the most extreme tufts I see in this area.  In front of him is what appears to be a juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow, just beginning to grow his black crown-stripes -- that should serve for yesterday's "juvenile" theme.  A very unmatched set...

For #BirdPoker  "tufted" and "juvenile", 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;
#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;
#CaliforniaQuail, #WhiteCrownedSparrow , #SparrowSunday .___

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2015-03-21 06:32:52 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata; Shoreline Lake, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #5/5, inviting +Ralitza Tchiorniy.

When it comes to multicoloured bills, this duck is a champ!

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!
Today I'd like to move to Africa and invite +Ralitza Tchiorniy to join the challenge!  Perhaps it will double up with her most interesting 365-day challenge!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join.  Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

For #BirdP... more »

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata; Shoreline Lake, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #5/5, inviting +Ralitza Tchiorniy.

When it comes to multicoloured bills, this duck is a champ!

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!
Today I'd like to move to Africa and invite +Ralitza Tchiorniy to join the challenge!  Perhaps it will double up with her most interesting 365-day challenge!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join.  Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

For #BirdPoker  multicoloured beaks, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#birdsinfocusfriday +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#QuirkyNature +Quirky Nature curated by +Carissa Braun;
#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.___

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2015-03-20 07:23:35 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nyctanassa violacea;
South Water Cay, Belize

This heron has what looks like a nice juicy shrimp.  We'll call it a fish for
#BirdPoker  birds with fish, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;

#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn;
#birdsinfocusfriday +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#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,+M... more »

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nyctanassa violacea;
South Water Cay, Belize

This heron has what looks like a nice juicy shrimp.  We'll call it a fish for
#BirdPoker  birds with fish, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;

#wadingbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#coastalthursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine and +Jon Kahn;
#birdsinfocusfriday +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman;
#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.___

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2015-03-19 09:02:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Caught in mid-meal
Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii; Palo Alto, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #4/5, inviting +Pescalune P.

Our neighborhood Cooper's are back for the season, and this was captured on my first sighting last month.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!
Today I'd like to invite the fine naturalist from the Camargue, +Pescalune P, to join the challenge...  I always appreciate her French reading material!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join.  Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post worksyou... more »

Caught in mid-meal
Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii; Palo Alto, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #4/5, inviting +Pescalune P.

Our neighborhood Cooper's are back for the season, and this was captured on my first sighting last month.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!
Today I'd like to invite the fine naturalist from the Camargue, +Pescalune P, to join the challenge...  I always appreciate her French reading material!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join.  Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

For #BirdPoker  extreme close-ups, 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;
#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;
#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;
#CoopersHawk, #Raptor.___

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2015-03-19 08:24:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

This is good news!
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/18/pitcairn-islands-become-worlds-largest-single-marine-reserve-protected-area/

Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve

This is good news!
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/18/pitcairn-islands-become-worlds-largest-single-marine-reserve-protected-area/___

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2015-03-18 07:46:20 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A change of scenery -- no birds!

For #whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#BTPArchitecturePro – +BTP Architecture Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Aamir Shahzad.

Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A change of scenery -- no birds!

For #whitewednesday +White Wednesday curated by +Synnøve Zynne Tilrem;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#BTPArchitecturePro – +BTP Architecture Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Aamir Shahzad.___

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2015-03-18 07:27:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Aleutian (Cackling) Geese and Common Canada Geese,
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia and Branta canadensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

As of the 2000 Sibley guide, we have five of a kind here.  But more recently, the Cackling Goose has been split off as its own species from the Canada Goose, and the Aleutian Goose is one of its races.  Here we have three Aleutians in back and two Canada Geese in front.  So I'm cheating a bit.  Not a great photo, but we don't see the Aleutian Geese often here, I believe - they normally winter inland.

For #BirdPoker five of a kind (or full house, if you prefer), curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman.

Aleutian (Cackling) Geese and Common Canada Geese,
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia and Branta canadensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

As of the 2000 Sibley guide, we have five of a kind here.  But more recently, the Cackling Goose has been split off as its own species from the Canada Goose, and the Aleutian Goose is one of its races.  Here we have three Aleutians in back and two Canada Geese in front.  So I'm cheating a bit.  Not a great photo, but we don't see the Aleutian Geese often here, I believe - they normally winter inland.

For #BirdPoker five of a kind (or full house, if you prefer), curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdspecieslink +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman.___

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2015-03-17 07:11:11 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Brown Pelicans; Pelicanus occidentalis; off Santa Cruz, California

I posted this a couple years ago, but the series is becoming more challenging!  I'm looking forward to 9-of-a-kind this weekend, though.

For #BirdPoker  4-of-a-kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#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 +HQSPBi... more »

Brown Pelicans; Pelicanus occidentalis; off Santa Cruz, California

I posted this a couple years ago, but the series is becoming more challenging!  I'm looking forward to 9-of-a-kind this weekend, though.

For #BirdPoker  4-of-a-kind, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#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;
#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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2015-03-16 06:43:51 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Least Sandpipers, Calidris minutilla; (confirmation would be welcome)
Don Edwards NWR, Milpitas, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #3/5, inviting +Jasbir S. Randhawa

Another catch from my walk yesterday.  There was a largish (40-50) flock of these, and a few of them stuck around for portraits.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite Asian punner extraordinaire +Jasbir S. Randhawa to join the challenge.

Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even postwor... more »

Least Sandpipers, Calidris minutilla; (confirmation would be welcome)
Don Edwards NWR, Milpitas, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  #3/5, inviting +Jasbir S. Randhawa

Another catch from my walk yesterday.  There was a largish (40-50) flock of these, and a few of them stuck around for portraits.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to #NaturePhotoChallenge!

To participate, include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite Asian punner extraordinaire +Jasbir S. Randhawa to join the challenge.

Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!  That means you can take occasional time out to surf YouTube for classics.

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

Also for #BirdPoker  trios, 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;
#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;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan.___

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2015-03-15 09:16:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Angry Bird / Protective Parent
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis;
Don Edwards NWR, Alviso, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  2/5, inviting +Marilou Aballe (see below)

There I was, minding my own business as I walked along the trail scanning the water for interesting birds, when this hissing, screeching waterfowl interrupted my reverie.  Granted, I did get awfully close to her nest, and she apparently didn't think leaving the nest and its eggs while she decamped was acceptable.  I backed up, gave her a wider berth, and took her portrait from up the trail a bit.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to participate!

To participate in the #NaturePhotoChallenge , include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite east-coaster +Marilou Aballe  to join the challenge.

Share1 phot... more »

Angry Bird / Protective Parent
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis;
Don Edwards NWR, Alviso, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  2/5, inviting +Marilou Aballe (see below)

There I was, minding my own business as I walked along the trail scanning the water for interesting birds, when this hissing, screeching waterfowl interrupted my reverie.  Granted, I did get awfully close to her nest, and she apparently didn't think leaving the nest and its eggs while she decamped was acceptable.  I backed up, gave her a wider berth, and took her portrait from up the trail a bit.

Thanks to +John Wade for inviting me to participate!

To participate in the #NaturePhotoChallenge , include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite east-coaster +Marilou Aballe  to join the challenge.

Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

#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;
#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;
#BTPBirdPro – +BTP Bird Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Jack Stepanyan.___

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2015-03-15 08:50:05 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum; Palo Alto, California

A Cedar Waxwing foraging for berries last year.  They always seem quite elegant to me...

For #BirdPoker  foraging, 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;
#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;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;#... more »

Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum; Palo Alto, California

A Cedar Waxwing foraging for berries last year.  They always seem quite elegant to me...

For #BirdPoker  foraging, 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;
#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;
#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.___

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2015-03-12 09:47:04 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Preparing for The Mating Game
Great Egret, Ardea alba; Mountain View, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  

Thanks to +John Wade  for asking me to take part in the #NaturePhotoChallenge.  I noticed this evening on the way to dinner that the egrets have begun moving into our local heronry -- there were perhaps a dozen of the 50-100 (guess) that will eventually be there.  So far, I've only seen Great Egrets, though in the past there have been plenty of Snowy Egrets as well.  Perhaps the smaller ones need to wait their (subordinate) turn.

To participate in the #NaturePhotoChallenge , include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite John's fellow Brit +Dusty Gedge to join the challenge -  if you have the time to participate. :-)  

Share 1 photo each day over 5 days tocomplet... more »

Preparing for The Mating Game
Great Egret, Ardea alba; Mountain View, California
#NaturePhotoChallenge  

Thanks to +John Wade  for asking me to take part in the #NaturePhotoChallenge.  I noticed this evening on the way to dinner that the egrets have begun moving into our local heronry -- there were perhaps a dozen of the 50-100 (guess) that will eventually be there.  So far, I've only seen Great Egrets, though in the past there have been plenty of Snowy Egrets as well.  Perhaps the smaller ones need to wait their (subordinate) turn.

To participate in the #NaturePhotoChallenge , include the hashtag, tag the person who invited you, and then invite a friend to join. Today I would like to invite John's fellow Brit +Dusty Gedge to join the challenge -  if you have the time to participate. :-)  

Share 1 photo each day over 5 days to complete the challenge. They don't have to be consecutive days ~ take all the time you need!

You may post images from your archives, something new, or even post works you have previously shared.  HAVE FUN!!

#wadingbirdwednesday #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;
#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;
#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;
#GreatEgret, #Nesting, #Preening.___

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2015-03-12 09:06:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The best climbers plan carefully
Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica, Stanford, California

I had been thinking about re-posting some of my earliest Google+ photos, when Phil asked for something that wasn't in my queue.  So here's my first #BirdPoker "looking up" entry, from 3 years ago.

For #BirdPoker  looking up, 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 Birdscur... more »

The best climbers plan carefully
Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica, Stanford, California

I had been thinking about re-posting some of my earliest Google+ photos, when Phil asked for something that wasn't in my queue.  So here's my first #BirdPoker "looking up" entry, from 3 years ago.

For #BirdPoker  looking up, 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;
#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.___

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2015-03-10 07:14:01 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Spotted Hyena cub, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Part of a roadside family, the cubs were too cute to pass up.  Their parents were asleep while the cubs played.  Surprisingly, to me at least, Hyenas are closely related to cats, not dogs.  The Wikipedia article contains other interesting tidbits as well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyena

For #AfricanTuesday  "open theme", curated by  +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez, +African Tuesday;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#catsbigandsmallthebest +Cats Big And Small The Best curated by +Mark HELM;
#catsallovertheworld+CATS... more »

Spotted Hyena cub, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Part of a roadside family, the cubs were too cute to pass up.  Their parents were asleep while the cubs played.  Surprisingly, to me at least, Hyenas are closely related to cats, not dogs.  The Wikipedia article contains other interesting tidbits as well.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyena

For #AfricanTuesday  "open theme", curated by  +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock and +Grobler du Preez, +African Tuesday;
#AFRICANature +AFRICANature curated by +Morkel Erasmus , +Dick Whitlock , +Grobler du Preez, +Berndt Weissenbacher , +Anette Mossbacher and +Wayne Marinovich;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#catsbigandsmallthebest +Cats Big And Small The Best curated by +Mark HELM;
#catsallovertheworld +CATS all over the World curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto, +Krystina Isabella Brion, and +Andy Smith;
#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;
#BTPAnimalPRO – +BTP Animal Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Hugh Ferguson.___

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2015-03-10 06:34:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

I think "looking down" is these owls' normal position.  This one's from last year.  I'm looking forward to the coming owl season this year -- so far I've only seen one.

For #BirdPoker  looking down, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#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+He... more »

Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

I think "looking down" is these owls' normal position.  This one's from last year.  I'm looking forward to the coming owl season this year -- so far I've only seen one.

For #BirdPoker  looking down, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#midairmonday curated by +Jeff Moreau;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#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;
#lowanglephotography +* curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#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.___

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2015-03-09 07:16:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus;
Adobe Creek, Mountain View, California

This fellow "sat" for his portrait yesterday.  I only regret that he was shy about showing off his feet.  Despite the name, these are much less common in our area than their Coot cousins.

For #BirdPoker  portraits, curate 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&am... more »

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus;
Adobe Creek, Mountain View, California

This fellow "sat" for his portrait yesterday.  I only regret that he was shy about showing off his feet.  Despite the name, these are much less common in our area than their Coot cousins.

For #BirdPoker  portraits, curate 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;
#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;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#close2home +Close2Home curated by +Brett Sivits, +David Pond, +Pia Raben, +Shaun Stewart, +José Juan Escudero, +Howard Weitzel and +john adams.___

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2015-03-07 09:24:24 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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

Terns hunting often hover over the water as they look for fish, definitely showing off for #BirdPoker  wingspan, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker.
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus +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;
#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 +RinusBak... more »

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

Terns hunting often hover over the water as they look for fish, definitely showing off for #BirdPoker  wingspan, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker.
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#birdsinfocus +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;
#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.___

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2015-03-06 10:46:40 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Willet with an appetite, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

I don't think he ever did get it down.  Perhaps just as well...

For #BirdPoker wading, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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 +john adams;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birdscu... more »

Willet with an appetite, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

I don't think he ever did get it down.  Perhaps just as well...

For #BirdPoker wading, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#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 +john adams;
#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;
#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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2015-03-05 07:06:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This Osprey may have been looking for one final fish in the evening light.  The sky might have been bluer except for a big fire to the north in Yellowstone -- the worst I've ever seen in progress.

For #BirdPoker blue sky, 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+... more »

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

This Osprey may have been looking for one final fish in the evening light.  The sky might have been bluer except for a big fire to the north in Yellowstone -- the worst I've ever seen in progress.

For #BirdPoker blue sky, 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;
#nikonshooters;
#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.___

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2015-03-03 08:42:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos; Mountain View, California

I was on an egret-shooting expedition when this fellow crashed the party.  We've had a huge influx of these over the past few years...

For #BirdPoker  black, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#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 & +WalterSo... more »

American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos; Mountain View, California

I was on an egret-shooting expedition when this fellow crashed the party.  We've had a huge influx of these over the past few years...

For #BirdPoker  black, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#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;
#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.___

2015-03-02 05:53:30 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Northwest Morocco birding guides

Does anyone have recommendations, for a couple of days on the northwest coast between about Kenitra (Rabat) and Larache/Asilah (Tangier)?  Looking for humans, not books... :-)

#Morocco #birding #guides

Northwest Morocco birding guides

Does anyone have recommendations, for a couple of days on the northwest coast between about Kenitra (Rabat) and Larache/Asilah (Tangier)?  Looking for humans, not books... :-)

#Morocco #birding #guides___

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2015-03-02 05:47:03 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Ross's Goose, Chen rossii; Canada Geese, Branta canadensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This is a fairly unusual visitor to our area that hung out with a large gaggle of Canada Geese for quite a while.  For those of you in the south San Francisco Bay area, subscribing to South Bay Birds list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/south-bay-birds) is a great way to find such unusual birds, or at least know where to look.

For #BirdPoker  white, 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;
#allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by+Ro... more »

Ross's Goose, Chen rossii; Canada Geese, Branta canadensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

This is a fairly unusual visitor to our area that hung out with a large gaggle of Canada Geese for quite a while.  For those of you in the south San Francisco Bay area, subscribing to South Bay Birds list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/south-bay-birds) is a great way to find such unusual birds, or at least know where to look.

For #BirdPoker  white, 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;
#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;
#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.___

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2015-03-01 10:25:01 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias; South Water Cay, Belize

We have lots of these at home, but I don't often get to spend a couple of hours sitting on a balcony on an island watching them feed in a tropical lagoon...

For #BirdPoker  gray, 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;
#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 & +WalterS... more »

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias; South Water Cay, Belize

We have lots of these at home, but I don't often get to spend a couple of hours sitting on a balcony on an island watching them feed in a tropical lagoon...

For #BirdPoker  gray, 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;
#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;
#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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2015-02-28 08:21:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Anna's Hummingbird (f.), Calypte anna;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

I don't think I've ever seen this many "Cool Facts" about a bird on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website... (See http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search for your favorite and check the "Life History" tab.  -- I don't know whether it extends beyond North American birds.)

Cool Facts
-- In the first half of the 20th century, the Anna's Hummingbird bred only in northern Baja California and southern California. The planting of exotic flowering trees provided nectar and nesting sites, and allowed the hummingbird to greatly expand its breeding range.
-- The dive display of the Anna's Hummingbird lasts about 12 seconds, and the male may fly to a height of 40 m (131 feet) during the display. He starts by hovering two to four meters (6-13 feet)i... more »

Anna's Hummingbird (f.), Calypte anna;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

I don't think I've ever seen this many "Cool Facts" about a bird on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website... (See http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search for your favorite and check the "Life History" tab.  -- I don't know whether it extends beyond North American birds.)

Cool Facts
-- In the first half of the 20th century, the Anna's Hummingbird bred only in northern Baja California and southern California. The planting of exotic flowering trees provided nectar and nesting sites, and allowed the hummingbird to greatly expand its breeding range.
-- The dive display of the Anna's Hummingbird lasts about 12 seconds, and the male may fly to a height of 40 m (131 feet) during the display. He starts by hovering two to four meters (6-13 feet) in front of the display object (hummingbird or person), and then climbs in a wavering fashion straight up. He plummets in a near-vertical dive from the top of the climb and ends with an explosive squeak within half a meter of the display object. He then makes a circular arc back to the point where he began. On sunny days the dives are oriented so that the sun is reflected from the iridescent throat and crown directly at the object of the dive.
-- On rare occasions, bees and wasps may become impaled on the bill of an Anna's Hummingbird, causing the bird to starve to death.
-- Hummingbirds are strictly a New World animal. They fascinated the first Europeans who arrived on the continent. Christopher Columbus wrote about them and many wondered if they were a cross between a bird and an insect (at one point being called “flybirds”). Later, their feathers became fashionable ornaments in Europe (a practice that has thankfully fallen out of favor).
-- What do you call a flock of hummingbirds? Few animals have so many applicable terms, and none so beautiful. Instead of calling them a flock, choose between a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune of hummingbirds.
-- Native Americans held hummingbirds in high esteem. Many of their legends describe them as busily bringing the rain to quench eruptions or poking holes in the night sky that became the stars. The Navajo say that the characteristic mating dive is a way for them to check what is above the blue of the sky.
-- The iridescent throat patch of male hummingbirds is called a gorget. The Anna’s gorget extends over its head, making it more of a balaclava than a bib. Oddly, female Anna’s have a tiny red gorget—females of most species have none.
-- Anna's Hummingbirds normally have a body temperature of around 107 degrees Fahrenheit—that's a scorching temperature for a human. When outside temperatures fall, Anna's and many other species of hummingbirds enter torpor. Their breathing and heart rate slow, and their body temperature can fall as low as 48 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature warms, the hummingbirds can become active again in a few minutes.
-- Hummingbirds have tiny legs and can neither hop nor walk, though they can sort of scoot sideways while perched.

For #BirdPoker  green, 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;
#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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2015-02-28 08:06:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

American Avocet; Recurvirostra americana,
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

One of our most attractive shorebirds, in breeding plumage...

For #BirdPoker  orange, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#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;
#hqspbirds +HQSPB... more »

American Avocet; Recurvirostra americana,
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

One of our most attractive shorebirds, in breeding plumage...

For #BirdPoker  orange, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#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;
#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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2015-02-26 06:02:19 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Ruddy Duck (m.), Oxyura jamaicensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

His blue bill is this duck's most striking feature.

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;
#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 Gallelia... more »

Ruddy Duck (m.), Oxyura jamaicensis;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

His blue bill is this duck's most striking feature.

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;
#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.___

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2015-02-25 09:05:40 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Nuttal's Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii; Palo Alto, California

Here's a less red-headed woodpecker than Phil's -- another backyard visitor.

For #BirdPoker red, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen Thackeray;
#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... more »

Nuttal's Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii; Palo Alto, California

Here's a less red-headed woodpecker than Phil's -- another backyard visitor.

For #BirdPoker red, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays curated by +Mike Spinak , +Morkel Erasmus;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AllThingsRed +AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen Thackeray;
#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;
#lowanglephotography +* curated by +Jeremy Lavender;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#nikonshooters;
#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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2015-02-24 08:44:05 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Cheetahs with Springbok, Etosha National Park, Namibia

This cheetah is carrying her kill to a bush for cover, with her cubs (two, one visible here) tagging along.

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;
#GrassTuesday +Grass Tuesday curated by +Ray Bilcliff and +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#catsbigandsmallthebest +Cats Big And Small The Best curated by +Mark HELM;
#catsallovertheworld +CATS all over the World curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto,+... more »

Cheetahs with Springbok, Etosha National Park, Namibia

This cheetah is carrying her kill to a bush for cover, with her cubs (two, one visible here) tagging along.

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;
#GrassTuesday +Grass Tuesday curated by +Ray Bilcliff and +Margaret Tompkins;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#catsbigandsmallthebest +Cats Big And Small The Best curated by +Mark HELM;
#catsallovertheworld +CATS all over the World curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals curated by +Alejandro J. Soto, +Krystina Isabella Brion, and +Andy Smith;
#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;
#BTPAnimalPRO – +BTP Animal Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Hugh Ferguson.___

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2015-02-24 08:01:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler,
Dendroica coronata; Sunnyvale, California

I was looking for a bigger prize, but these warblers are cute, too.

For #BirdPoker  yellow, 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;
#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;
#YellowCircle +*c... more »

Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler,
Dendroica coronata; Sunnyvale, California

I was looking for a bigger prize, but these warblers are cute, too.

For #BirdPoker  yellow, 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;
#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;
#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.___

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2015-02-23 09:37:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I have a bad feeling about those guys...

Three knaves (Black Skimmers) and a joker (Forster's Tern) for
#BirdPoker Funny Caption, 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;
#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+... more »

I have a bad feeling about those guys...

Three knaves (Black Skimmers) and a joker (Forster's Tern) for
#BirdPoker Funny Caption, 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;
#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.___

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2015-02-22 11:03:59 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Cooper's Hawks, Accipiter cooperii; Palo Alto, California

The Cooper's Hawks are back, for at least the third season, preparing for another family...

#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#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... more »

Cooper's Hawks, Accipiter cooperii; Palo Alto, California

The Cooper's Hawks are back, for at least the third season, preparing for another family...

#BackyardbirdingMonday +Backyard Birding Monday #BackyardbirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono , +Ricky L Jones;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#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 +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;
#nikonshooters;
#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.___

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2015-02-22 10:57:27 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Oak Titmouse; Baeolophus inornatus;
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, California

A black-eyed cutie from today's hike...

For #BirdPoker  black-eyed, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#PunkBirds  with +Dusty Gedge +Jasbir S. Randhawa and +Marilou Aballe;
#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 +Fre... more »

Oak Titmouse; Baeolophus inornatus;
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, California

A black-eyed cutie from today's hike...

For #BirdPoker  black-eyed, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#PunkBirds  with +Dusty Gedge +Jasbir S. Randhawa and +Marilou Aballe;
#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;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#nikonshooters;
#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
.___

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2015-02-20 09:48:44 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

There's nothing quite like a pelican taking off for splashing, except maybe one landing...

For #BirdPoker  splashing, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#WaterDropWednesday curated by +Patti Colston +Michael Albrecht +NO BODY +Teresa Linstead and +Valerij Karpinchik;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday curated by +Jen Baptist;
#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;more »

Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

There's nothing quite like a pelican taking off for splashing, except maybe one landing...

For #BirdPoker  splashing, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#WaterDropWednesday curated by +Patti Colston +Michael Albrecht +NO BODY +Teresa Linstead and +Valerij Karpinchik;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday curated by +Jen Baptist;
#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;
#nikonshooters;
#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.___

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2015-02-19 07:16:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

You might think (I did) that this duck had learned how to extract mollusks from their shells to eat them.  He worked on it for quite a while. But in fact, they simply swallow them, shells and all, digesting them internally -- he was just working it around to get it through a limited opening.  The sources I've read don't explain how the shell gets out. Does anyone know?

For #BirdPoker  birds with prey, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday curated by +Jen Baptist;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +HeinrichWag... more »

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

You might think (I did) that this duck had learned how to extract mollusks from their shells to eat them.  He worked on it for quite a while. But in fact, they simply swallow them, shells and all, digesting them internally -- he was just working it around to get it through a limited opening.  The sources I've read don't explain how the shell gets out. Does anyone know?

For #BirdPoker  birds with prey, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday curated by +Jen Baptist;
#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;
#nikonshooters;
#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.___

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2015-02-18 09:57:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla; Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

For #BirdPoker  in motion, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown.

American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla; Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

For #BirdPoker  in motion, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown.___

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2015-02-18 09:49:51 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans; Mountain View, California

One of those "missed" shots with interest...

For #BirdPoker  in motion, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown.

Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans; Mountain View, California

One of those "missed" shots with interest...

For #BirdPoker  in motion, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#birdloversworldwide +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY curated by +Heinrich Wagner;
#Birds4All +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown.___

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2015-02-16 08:33:11 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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

To continue the string, here's a more recent Eared Grebe to go with the earlier flotilla.

For #BirdPoker  reflections, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#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;more »

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

To continue the string, here's a more recent Eared Grebe to go with the earlier flotilla.

For #BirdPoker  reflections, curated by +Phil Armishaw +Bird Poker;
#Mirrormonday +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa and +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#mytowntuesday +* curated by +Melanie Kintz and +Jamie Furlong;
#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;
#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;
#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.___

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2015-02-15 10:45:14 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

Continuing the grebe theme, here's a cute Horned Grebe in breeding plumage from last spring.  It's warm enough to be spring here now -- over 70F today.

For #BirdPoker  cute, 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;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by+L... more »

Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

Continuing the grebe theme, here's a cute Horned Grebe in breeding plumage from last spring.  It's warm enough to be spring here now -- over 70F today.

For #BirdPoker  cute, 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;
#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.___

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2015-02-15 10:33:37 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Eared Grebes, Podiceps nigricollis;
Ring-billed Gulls, Larus delawarensis;
Salt Pond A12, Alviso, California

A flotilla of Eared Grebes, with a pair of Gull traffic cops - 4 of a kind and a full house for #BirdPoker  flocks, 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;
#Gulloftheweek +***** curated by +Melanie MP and +Renee Hawk;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;more »

Eared Grebes, Podiceps nigricollis;
Ring-billed Gulls, Larus delawarensis;
Salt Pond A12, Alviso, California

A flotilla of Eared Grebes, with a pair of Gull traffic cops - 4 of a kind and a full house for #BirdPoker  flocks, 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;
#Gulloftheweek +***** curated by +Melanie MP and +Renee Hawk;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#WholeWildlifeWeek +Whole Wildlife Week curated by +Sandy Schepis , +Dick Whitlock , +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo.___

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2015-02-10 09:46:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

I find these ducks quite striking when the light is right -- both the iridescent heads and the wing pattern.

For #BirdPoker  iridescent feathers, curated by +Phil Armishaw;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday 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;
#FreshPics  +FreshP... more »

Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula;
Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, California

I find these ducks quite striking when the light is right -- both the iridescent heads and the wing pattern.

For #BirdPoker  iridescent feathers, curated by +Phil Armishaw;
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins;
#wetwednesday +Wet Wednesday 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;
#FreshPics  +Fresh Pics curated by +Trevor Farrell;
#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds curated by +Suzi Harr, +Mark Rayner, and +Andy Brown;
#nikonshooters;
#pixelworld +PixelWorld curated by +Alberto Carreras;
#plusphotoextract curated by +Jarek Klimek;
#PurpleCircle +PurpleCircle curated by +Craig Szymanski and +Lynn Langmade;
#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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2015-02-09 06:55:04 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Break of day...

Grand Canyon at dawn, South Rim.

#mistymonday +Misty Monday curated by +Martin Rak;
#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell;
#moodymondayphoto #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy, +Luca Ferroglio, +Craig Loxley, +Dorothy Pugh, +Jesse Martineau, and +David D;
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow;... more »

Break of day...

Grand Canyon at dawn, South Rim.

#mistymonday +Misty Monday curated by +Martin Rak;
#mountainmonday +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell;
#moodymondayphoto #moodymonday +Moody Monday curated by +Philip Daly;
#NatureMonday +NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#10000photographers +10000 PHOTOGRAPHERS curated by +Robert SKREINER;
#AmazingLandscapes curated by +Rolf Hicker;
#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Nader El Assy, +Luca Ferroglio, +Craig Loxley, +Dorothy Pugh, +Jesse Martineau, and +David D;
#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#BTPLandscapePro – +BTP Landscape Pro . owned by +Rinus Bakker and +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Nancy Dempsey.___

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2015-02-09 06:47:45 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted), Colaptes auratus;
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

I used to see flickers sedately perched and struggle to make out what made them red- or yellow-shafted.  (Ours in California are almost all red-shafted.)  Then I saw this family making a ruckus around the nest hole.  (Juveniles demanding food from the parents still feeding young in the hole, I think.)  It became clear...

For #BirdPoker  wing markings, 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 LJones... more »

Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted), Colaptes auratus;
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

I used to see flickers sedately perched and struggle to make out what made them red- or yellow-shafted.  (Ours in California are almost all red-shafted.)  Then I saw this family making a ruckus around the nest hole.  (Juveniles demanding food from the parents still feeding young in the hole, I think.)  It became clear...

For #BirdPoker  wing markings, 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;
#nikonshooters;
#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.___

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2015-02-08 09:30:05 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Anna's Hummingbird (f.), Calypte anna;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

A delightful find in the last minutes of daylight!

For #BirdPoker  perched birds, 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;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#nikonshooters; #hummingbird;... more »

Anna's Hummingbird (f.), Calypte anna;
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, California

A delightful find in the last minutes of daylight!

For #BirdPoker  perched birds, 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;
#naturephotos +YisforYellow curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Roswitha Böhmer;
#nikonshooters; #hummingbird;
#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.___

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