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  1. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles).

    This bird has been giving me fits -- which probably means its a female Western Tanager.  I always have trouble identifying them when they are alone.  Especially this bird.

    The photos were lightened significantly.  The sun was behind the bird to the right side of the photo.

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  2. Hahaha!  You're right.  It was a long ways off and I just caught about 6 frames.  I guess I wanted it to be a raptor.

    I can't say the I was paying attention to the flight pattern in the short time I saw it.  And I don't think I can tell from the photos the difference in flight pattern between this and a raptor.

    Thanks.

  3. Taken on 9-11-2021 in the morning at Ballona Freshwater Marsh in Playa del Rey, CA (Los Angeles).

    I went to a new spot on 9/11.  I don't think I've seen this raptor before.  

    I had to lighten the first to photos quite a bit -- they were very dark.  But fortunately it turned into the sunlight before it flew off.

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  4. Taken at dusk on 9-1-2021 at Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL in La Canada-Flintridge, CA.

    There were at least 3 hummingbirds coming and going from the same branches -- seemed to be hanging out together.  It was dusk and I couldn't see them very well but they all seemed similar in appearance and behavior.

    I assume these are Anna's, but at least one of them has a broad, squared tail which I'm not used to seeing on Anna's.  Are these photos good enough to ID them?

    All photos were lightened 35%.  Thanks.

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  5. Taken on 7-25-2021 on the Los Angeles River at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk.

    As I mentioned before, there were well over 100 Mallards on this day -- mostly juveniles.

    These two ducks seem to look different from most of the others.  I'm not sure if they are just Mallards that are maybe younger than most of the other juveniles, or if they are something else.

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