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Roadside Hawk.  Picture was taken through the window of the van that was taking us to Cano Negro,  - Feb 2009, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
Velvet-purple Coronet
Pileated Woodpecker (female) / Grand pic (femelle)  Dryocopus pileatus  Britannia Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario  29 March 2008    I had never seen a woodpecker preen itself before.  I guess that beak is good for more than just boring through tree trunks.
So who's the new guy?
Sentinel    While one mate is off gathering sticks or fishing ... the other guards the nest from other osprey (claim jumpers are a problem during nest building).
Common Kingfisher
Red-breasted Nuthatch (male) / Sittelle à poitrine rousse (mâle)  Sitta canadensis  Family Sittidae    Added to Life List: 24 March 2007
We were out driving yesterday and spotted this owl in a tree.  Not sure what kind yet.      Where is my bird book?  ;-)    I believe this is a barred owl.    Three other shots in gallery.
Sometimes you shoot a silhouette and really really wish it wasn't. I haven't seen such a good pose in a long time.
Femle Osprey On Watch    She led me over here and posed for pics, just so long as I stopped bothering her kids! Crop only, otherwise straight out of the camera.
Even when they're resting, they appear to be on the alert!    Best viewed XLarge.    One thing I always seem to lack is enough lens.  So, if you'd like to contribute to Mike's "500mm f/4 fund", please let me know!  ;-)    Have a blessed day!
Arcadia, CA.
Huntington Beach, CA  Photo of the Day Smithsonian Magazine • June 26, 2012 also Featured on Smithsonian.com Retina
Roadside Hawk. Picture was taken through the window of the van that was taking us to Cano Negro, - Feb 2009, Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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Roadside Hawk.  Picture was taken through the window of the van that was taking us to Cano Negro,  - Feb 2009, Cano Negro, Costa Rica
Roadside Hawk. Picture was taken through the window of the van that was taking us to Cano Negro, - Feb 2009, Cano Negro, Costa Rica

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Photo by: Ioana & Mark · See photo in original gallery.

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