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Old Nov 2, 2016, 9:46 PM   #1
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Just a few bird photos, mostly from the home park from recent weeks…

We have two species of native vultures - Black Vulture and Turkey Vulture. Black Vultures are by far more common. Here are a few views of these handsome birds.
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There's a heron rookery very close to the home park, so we are home to plenty of Great Blue Herons. Here are a few different GBH portraits…
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Our other heron species are much shier than the GB Herons. This Little Green Heron landed on a tree limb near my favorite dragonfly pond. Just managed to get a few quick snapshots before he noticed me and took off.
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Thistle seeds ripen in early autumn, much to the delight of the Goldfinches. This handsome fellow was gathering one beak full of thistle down after another - nest construction nearby!
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Was up at Hampton Creek Cove State Natural area recently, checking trail conditions. The Cardinal Flower was at peak bloom, and a really Hummingbird magnet. Unfortunately, the longest lens in my pack that day was only 200mm…
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Will close with a view of the newest member of our park "staff." We keep several non-releasable raptors for educational purposes. This young Great Horned Owl came to us blind as a result of a car injury. Has already calmed down quite well, and is doing a great job of nature education!

Hope you enjoyed the feathered friends, and will share your comments & suggestions!
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