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Birds of a Feather
updated: Feb 12, 2013, 10:17 AM

By Steve McGovern

My five-year old grandson and I spent the morning at Lake Los Carneros. While he explains EVERYTHING to me, I take pictures of him and the environment. So, while he told me purple colored pencils have "crayons inside", a black mushroom was black because it was "really old", and where baby birds come from ("trees"), I shot birds. There appeared to be some kind of raptor convention going on. When we first arrived, I spotted 5 (probably) red tailed hawks circling the fields north of the lake. A few minutes later, I saw two hawks perched in a tree, talking it out. Later, I saw another, this time a smaller one, sitting in a tree looking at me. I no longer try to identify hawks publicly, because I'm always wrong. I'll leave that to others.

I saw another hawk, of a different species, I think, roosting in a tree just above the trail, and got some good closeups. Finally, a white tailed kite flew into a tree a ways away. I took pictures, but was shooting into the sun, so I won't bother posting that. I'm also throwing in a photo of a flight of Canada geese, just because they were picturesque.

To keep things honest, because I know honest, representational, photographs are important to the discerning Edhat viewers, I make the following disclosures: I used a polarizing filter, which will affect the sky, depending on which direction I'm shooting. Some editing has taken place. I've cropped the photos, for one thing, cutting out unneeded sky and directing one's attention to the subject at hand, and I have adjusted the lighting by removing some shadows in some of the pictures. Overall, as we used to say in the law biz, "these photos accurately represent that which they are purported to depict."

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