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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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If I hadn't have gotten that last shot, I wouldn't have considered Western Tanager.  Fortunately it jump down to a branch about a foot below and turned sideways.  I was almost looking toward the sun when I took these, so I couldn't really tell what it looked like -- by the naked eye or through the lens.  Thanks.

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