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Dan P

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  1. I have one other shot of it coming out of the water, but the wings are in the same position and show the same dark areas, and the head is cocked to the left so you can't see the bill. I had deleted the 3 frames before this photo during my first pass at looking through them. I restored those photos and there is nothing but sky or water -- no bird. The photo prior to those appears to be a Forster's Tern preparing to dive. It's probably the same bird, but I can't be sure of it. I remember trying a method where I saw the bird starting to dive, then I pointed at the water where I thought it would hit and started shooting. If that's what I was doing with this bird, then I missed the spot where it hit, but caught up with it coming out of the water. Attached is that a photo of that bird -- with only cropping, no other processing.
  2. Taken 4-16-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA (Los Angeles County). There were several Forster's Terns flying and diving in this area. I'm not sure what to make of this bird. Is this a Forster's Tern, and the dark areas just shadows? This was taken at 1:37 pm on a sunny day. The sun was high in the sky, but on the other side of the subject from the camera. Thanks.
  3. Taken 04-16-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA (Los Angeles County) Is this a Vesper Sparrow?
  4. Taken 2021-04-16 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA (Los Angeles County) Photos 1 & 2 are of the same bird. Photos 3 & 4 are of the same bird. Photos 5 & 6 may be of the same bird. There was a bird moving around in the thickets and these photos were taken within the same minute -- two frames apart.
  5. There have been some regular reports of a few NECOs at that location for the past few months. I've been there twice now and this is the only one I've seen.
  6. I know for some of you Bald Eagles are a common sight. But I saw my first one about a month ago on a nest at San Gabriel Reservoir. And this is my first one in flight taken yesterday 4-16-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA.
  7. Taken 4-16-2021 at Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, CA (Los Angeles County) Please tell me this is a Neotropic Cormorant.
  8. Taken 4-11-2021 in the late afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. My first thought was Ring-billed Gull, but now I'm thinking it might be a California Gull at some stage other than adult.
  9. Taken 4-11-2021 in the late afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. Is this a regular ol' domestic Graylag Goose? I know there's lots of variability, but I haven't seen any pictures of them with a black tip on the bill and a spot on the throat. And it seems about the same size or a little smaller than the Canada Goose.
  10. Taken 4-11-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. Is it possible to ID this swallow? Its the same bird in both photos.
  11. Taken 4-11-2021 in the late afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. I'm thinking this is a Vireo of some sort, but not even confident about that. Haven't seen a Vireo before. I'll be disappointed in myself if it's a RCKI.
  12. Taken 4-11-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. Would this be a female Common Yellowthroat?
  13. Taken 4-11-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. Is this guy identifiable?
  14. Taken 4-11-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. What do you think?
  15. Taken 4-11-2021 in the afternoon at Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in Van Nuys, CA. I've been struggling with these two birds. I think they are both goldfinches. Maybe both Lawrence's, which I haven't seen before.
  16. The Least wants to be a Western when it grows up.
  17. Thanks Aidan. I thought I might be seeing some yellow-green color on the legs of that one. But I was expecting they were all the same species. I need to quit doing that and believe what I see. This was shot from a distance and its the only angle I have.
  18. Taken 4-10-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. If these are Western Sandpipers, then that's a new one for me.
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