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Thursday, April 26, 2007


A study in black and white (and brown)

Not all the "good birds" (arbitrarily defined as the birds you'd really like to see) are colorful, like the ones I've posted here in three recent posts. Many birds are colored with just simple blacks, whites, and browns, but they can be just as striking, as the three here. All of them spend their lives skulking around the reeds of marshes, and the casual observer is unlikely to see any of them, thanks to their coloration and their behavior. When you do, it's a real treat.

From left to right (and top to bottom): Sora, Clapper Rail, and Least Bittern, all photographed on South Padre Island (from the boardwalk adjacent to the Convention Center)

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