Another Headshot

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This week’s photo, taken December 28, 2016 at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach, Florida, features a headshot of a TRI-COLORED HERON, a common medium-sized heron of the Southeastern United States.

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Tame

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This week’s photo, taken December 28, 2016 at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach, Florida, features a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT up close.

We spent the last week of 2016 in Florida, visiting my brother and his family in Titusville (central Florida), and then venturing as far south as Key Largo, where the snorkeling was great fun.

As you probably noticed by this photo, some of the birds at Green Cay Wetlands are rather tame, allowing a close approach by humans. If you are ever in the area (one hour north of Miami), stroll the 1.5 mile long boardwalk at Green Cay. The wetlands is wonderful, and it’s FREE!

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Tap, Tap, Tap

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This week’s photo, taken December 21, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER drilling a neat row of horizontal holes on the trunk of a conifer.

I heard this RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER before I saw it. The loud tapping indicated a woodpecker was nearby, but I didn’t find the ‘avian carpenter’ until I walked around to the other side of the tree. The sapsucker was busy with its wood work, so it paid me no mind as I fired off a flurry of photos.

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A Moment of Balance

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This week’s photo, taken December 7, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a SONG SPARROW doing what it takes to maintain a moment of balance in its life.

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Surprise Sighting

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This week’s photo, taken November 16, 2016 from the Edmonds pier in Edmonds, WA, features a RED PHALAROPE, a very rare visitor to the inland waters of Puget Sound. They are more likely to be found on open ocean in the winter, where they are still considered a rare sight.

If you wish to see a Red Phalarope with an entirely rufous-red body, you’ll have to travel to the Arctic in spring or summer. This one, although drabber in its non-breeding plumage, saved me the cost of travel expenses to the far north.

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Profusion

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This week’s photo, taken November 15, 2016 from our bedroom window, features an AMERICAN ROBIN feasting on Profusion Beautyberry in our backyard in Northeast Seattle, WA.

Since American Robins are profusely present in the Seattle area, it’s only fitting that they feed on Profusion Beautyberry.

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A Natural Beauty

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This week’s photo, taken November 8, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a male HARLEQUIN DUCK.

I’m thankful for the beauty in the world.

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