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California State Park Ranger “Jeff” Jeffrey Sears and his 21-year old quarter horse named Peter
Image by mikebaird
California State Park Ranger “Jeff” Jeffrey Sears and his 21-year old quarter horse named Peter in Montana de Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA 03 Nov. 2010. Photo taken as a candidate for “baseball card” handouts to park visitors, and included in a set of 13 photos. Note that I’ve left most photos in this set largely uncropped so that the end-user can decide between portrait or landscape orientation. Photo assistant was Dawn Beattie. Jeff’s wife Gina assisted with Peter’s setup and behavior. Ref. Jeff Sears 805-975-5894 jsears [at} hearstcastle d o t com.
Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Shooting a Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera (RAW) with Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens, no circular polarizer, handheld.
Tech note: Shot around 4-5 PM, still a bit early to take advantage of late light. I wish I’d paid more attention to trees coming out of the heads of the subjects or at least blurred the backgrounds more. We had trouble finding homogeneous backgrounds at this location while also positioning the subjects in shade or diffused light to avoid the harsh light encountered when using the mountains as a cleaner backdrop.
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Image by e_monk
It seems the two near the center (3rd and 4th, left claws up) are black vultures roosting with (well, hanging out with) turkey vultures. Thanks to marsden.joseph and buckeye for the confirmation (below)
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Order: Incertae sedis
Species: C. atratus
Binomial name: Coragyps atratus
Order: Incertae sedis
Species: C. aura
Binomial name: Cathartes aura
Moreton Island 0426
Image by Michael Dawes
Scientific name: Charadrius ruficapillus
Featured Bird Groups
Shore birds and waders
What does it look like?
The adult male Red-capped Plover has a bright reddish chestnut crown (centre of crown can be grey brown) and nape, and grey brown mantle. There is a black incomplete band running down from the chestnut nape to the sides of the breast and a black line from the bill through and past the eye. The legs and short fine bill are black. In flight there is a clear white wing bar and white outer tail.The female is duller in colour, missing the dark breast patches. Young birds are similar but paler than the adults. Other names for this species are Red-capped Dotterel, Red-necked Dotterel and Sand Lark.
The Red- capped Plover is similar to the non-breeding Lesser Sand (Mongolian) Plover, C. mongolus, the Kentish Plover, C. alexandrinus, and the non-breeding and juvenile Double-banded Plover, C. bicinctus.The Red- capped Plover is small, has light upperparts and white underneath and the red cap of the male is diagnostic. Its short rear end gives it a compact shape and it often stands tall, with long legs.
Where does it live?
The Red-capped Plover is widespread throughout Australia.
The Red-capped Plover is found in wetlands, especially in arid areas, and prefers saline and brackish waters.
The Red-capped Plover is resident. Movements are poorly known, but it may move between the coast and inland wetlands.
What does it do?
The Red-capped Plover may be seen foraging for molluscs, small crustaceans and some vegetation, on mudflats, sandy beaches and salt-marsh.
The nest site of the Red-capped Plover is a shallow scrape on a beach or stony area, nearly always close to water. Sometimes the nest is protected by a small plant or some rubbish. The eggs are usually well camouflaged.
Living with us
Living with humans
The Red-capped Plover is secure in Australia.The nest site location can be varied, but those built in sand and pebbles are vulnerable to damage by fisherman and off-road vehicles.