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21 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

This morning the sunrise was really awesome. Five minutes earlier the sun was pink, so this photo doesn't do it justice.

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Those pre-sunrise colours are often better than the actual sunrise colours, in my opinion.

I'll make a suggestion for taking sunrise/sunset photos with your phone. If you turn your phone horizontally when photographing the horizon, you will capture more of the colourful horizon and less of the not so colourful clouds. I find it allows me to zoom in a lot more without cutting off the edges of the scene. Just something to consider when composing sunset photos.

 

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I'm not really a big helper but once a year during the rainy season I'll flip some logs in the backyard, and this time I found three of the four salamander species in the county. I'm sure @Seanbirds can correct any of my IDs if I'm wrong.

California Slender Salamander - definitely the most common type, there were multiple under almost every log.

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Arboreal Salamander - A few around, seemed to be more than usual

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Ensatina - My first time seeing this species, thought it was a newt at first.

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@Connor Cochrane, all of your IDs appear to be correct.

1. Definitely. Like you said, the only slender salamander in range.

2. Yup, Arboreal. I think they look really cool for some reason. Maybe just the big head and all.

I've heard they bite on rare occasions when handled. Ever had any first-hand experience with that?

3. The Ensatina looks good for a pure Yellow-eyed, but I'm not totally convinced that there isn't some Monterrey in it as well. Ugh, Ensatina subspecies drive me crazy. 

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Was watching Canadian geese at this park when I felt that someone was watching me. I noticed this red squirrel was using his network of tunnels to get out but still be near his "exit" plan  

At the very end of the video it's when it can be seen more clearly his tunnels. Unfortunately after I recorded him those ~10 seconds he never came out again. 

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On 2/16/2023 at 1:05 PM, hanasan said:

Was watching Canadian geese at this park when I felt that someone was watching me. I noticed this red squirrel was using his network of tunnels to get out but still be near his "exit" plan  

At the very end of the video it's when it can be seen more clearly his tunnels. Unfortunately after I recorded him those ~10 seconds he never came out again. 

Hi @hanasan! That's cool to see them under the snow! 

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