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Old Oct 11, 2007, 11:44 PM   #1
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1) Not sure about the ID on this little fellah. Closest I could determine was a Bell's Vireo according to my guidebook. If anyone has other ideas, please let me know.

2) American Avocet taking a drink.

3) American avocet doing it's impression of an ostrich.

4) Black crowned night heron in sunset lighting.

5) Snowy egret.

6) Sandpiper. Not sure of the specific subspecies. Further ID appreciated.

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Old Oct 12, 2007, 1:31 AM   #2
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Super shots, Hung!
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 8:30 AM   #3
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Thatlate evening sunputs a different light on wildlife doesn't it.

Your first one has the head shape of a Kinglet buttail and coloration looks similiar to a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Looking at field guidesmakes me dizzy sometimes.

Nice captures on all, Hung.
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 8:39 AM   #4
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all nice but #2 is the standout for me
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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Nice shots, as usual, Hung.

Sabine is correct - No.1 is a Gnatcatcher, but again things are complicated as we have at leasttwo in coastal Southern California - The Blue-Gray and California Gnatcatchers, the latter formerly included with the Black-tailed Gnatcher, which is usualy found further inland. Females (which this is) are harder to tell apart. The California species is darker, has less white under the tail, a less distinct eye-ring, and a different call which can be the easiest way to tell them apart in the brush. Probably this is the Blue-Gray, given the low light exposure. These little birds hide in the brush and are hard to get close enoughin the opento get a photos like this.

The sandpipershould bea Pectoral Sandpiper. Itshould haveyellow legs, but here these are covered in mud, always a problem on mud flats.
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Old Oct 12, 2007, 5:50 PM   #6
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Hung, you did a fantastic job with these. I love the low angles and the golden late evening sun. Beautiful.
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