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Sandhill Cranes Dancing

Sandhill Cranes are a significant part of the winter refuge population, and having spent time over the years visiting the refuges and studying the birds, have become one of my favorite species. This species mates for life, and the young birds pair up over the winter with the male trying to attract the female with behaviors like dancing or the sharing of items like the stick shown here. This stick is special, because it’s red. If you ever get a chance to see the cranes dance, it’ll be something that will stay with you forever. Full Size Buy a print […]

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Long-Billed Curlew Bathing

The Long-Billed Curlew is North America’s largest shorebird. It’s one of California’s winter residents and are fairly easy to find in the central valley refuges and in fields and shorelines around the area. Full Size Buy a print Find on Flickr Species: Long-Billed Curlew Date Taken: January 4, 2014 Location: Merced National Wildlife Refuge Camera: Canon 7D Lens: Canon EF70-200F2.8L IS II + 2.0x TC Tags: California, Long-billed Curlew, Merced County, Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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White-Faced Ibis

This is a White-Faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) in winter plumage, which is the only way I see them here in California. They are fairly common in winter in the central valley refuges, and we’ve been getting an occasional bird here in Santa Clara county, usually a juvenile that got a bit off course, most likely. Full Size Buy a print Find on Flickr Species: White-Faced Ibis Date Taken: January 4, 2014 Location: Merced National Wildlife Refuge Camera: Canon 7d Lens: Canon EF70-200F2.8L IS II + 2.0x TC Tags: California, Merced County, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, White-faced Ibis

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