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Old Mar 27, 2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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A couple of birds from today -

First, I noticed this Canadian Geese because it kept holding up it's leg, even though it was eating, not sleeping. It looks like it is missing its foot:



It wasn't alone, there were other birds around it. But I'm not sure how accepted it was - at one point a couple of other birds were very aggressive toward it:



Down the lake's beach, I spotted this impressive bird. No, I wasn't referring to the mallard!



It tolerated me for a while, and I got closer than I had expected. But it didn't stop watching me all the while.



He finally decided I was too close and took off. Herons are so graceful in the air! I don't think I had ever noticed the two toned wing colors before.

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Old Mar 28, 2009, 9:26 AM   #2
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All beautiful shots, Harriet. I like the second to the last one.

Where were you to get these? I don't ever remember seeing herons when I lived in California. I figured they might be up north, but never down in the LA area.

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How fun Harriet, the last one is a familiar shot when trying for GBH photos.

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Old Mar 28, 2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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I've seen herons in SoCal but not Great Blue Herons. This one was on the shore of a lake in the Sierras, so definitely not Southern California.

I was actually surprised how long the GBH put up with me taking a step or two toward it, before it flew off.

This morning I didn't see the GBH, but I did see more mallards, Canadian Geese, several killdeer (photos only so-so) and a Stellar's Jay who was in shadow and wasn't staying still long enough to photograph. I heard a number of other birds in the trees, but couldn't see them in the early light. I'm not much of a birder, I have no clue which birds have what calls (other than Jays are very noisy!).
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Beautiful shots of the Heron! As for the one footed goose...you sure you did not accidentally clone in out in PP:lol:??? Nice one too!!
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Those are very nice Harriet!
I use to see GB Herons in southern Ca in the south bay area around Torrance, Redondo and Hermosa Beach but, that was 30 years ago. not sure whats there now.
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We spent the day in the same way, Harriet. "Only" difference that you got some nice shots. The heron I saw was gone before I put the camera to the eye. The canadians stood patiently and posed, but the pictures still came out so-so.

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Old Mar 28, 2009, 7:30 PM   #8
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Kjell, glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets so-so pictures sometimes - I was disappointed with the killdeer pictures. Maybe I'll get something better this evening.

jelpee - I wonder how long that poor goose can survive. It couldn't walk much - it would put down it's leg a bit and hop to move. I felt sorry for it, and wonder how it got that way.

gw - There may be some GBH around SoCal, but not where I seem to be. But then, I don't get to the ocean all that much.

We've been having a wonderful getaway weekend, though I don't know if the pictures I took today came out very well.
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As usual, great pics. I especially like the heron and the mallard together.
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jelpee - I wonder how long that poor goose can survive. It couldn't walk much - it would put down it's leg a bit and hop to move. I felt sorry for it, and wonder how it got that way.
Hi Harriet,

Very Nice GBH shots -- they're about my favorite to shoot.

I think that the one-footed goose will probably do okay. They feed in the water, and don't even need any speed for that, so walking isn't a survival skill they really need. It might hinder its suitability for mating, but I doubt if that will endanger the Canada Goose population. :-)

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