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Old Dec 8, 2012, 6:35 PM   #1
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Late autumn is a great time to "sneak up" on some of our feathered winter residents, to learn about their behavior and snap a few shots as well.

Our resident Black Vultures thrive on the cool and damp. When rigorous weather spells death for the more delicate creatures, it just means more lunch for the vultures!

Here are a few of these hardy birds, enjoying a cool morning sunbath.
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And here are a few individual black vulture portraits - showing off their beautiful looks and warm personalities!!
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 6:39 PM   #3
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Black Vultures look like very big birds, until you see them perching near our biggest winter residents...
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I usually think of GB Herons as very shy birds. But each winter, we seem to find at least one very bold individual at the home park, usually a juvenile...

(it's amazing to me how much difference the lighting makes - first two on a cloudy damp drizzly day, other two of same bird in the bright morning sun).
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Speaking of lighting, it seems I'm always striving to get the sharpest, clearest bird photos in the best light. But our resident "foolish young" GB Heron reminds me that soft photos are ok too...
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Not only has this GBH taught me about lighting, but apparently he's taught himself to read park signs!!
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DC Cormorants are becoming year-round residents here. I posted (far too many) photos of these guys on a tree perch a few weeks ago. Here are just a few more from the same perch...
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And one who was kind enough to swim within camera range...

(they are always much shier on the water than on the perch.)
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Have had many more opportunities to "pester" our park birds with camera in hand, but will save these photos for later.

Will close now with just two more cormorant views - probably telling me what he thinks of me!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to look, and to share your comments & critique!
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The GBH sitting on the sign is one savvy bird. Not all of them can read a sign to find the fish habitat. He says this is where they are this is where I stay!!
As for the last one a picture is worth a thousand words.

Great captures Mole.

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