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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Big telephoto lenses can magnify birds that are too easily spooked to photograph up close. Here, a California quail — California's state bird — shows off his distinctive plume at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

American avocets at sunrise in the low-tide mudflats in San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A ruddy turnstone looks for tasty tidbits among the rocks on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio. The bird got its name from the way it flips stones over to find food.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A Forster's tern looks for fish to snatch from the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

The massive objective lens at the business end of Canon's 600mm supertelephoto lens will draw stares from curious passersby. But even a lens this size — it's about 2 feet long with its protective lens hood attached — can't magnify tiny or distant birds as much as a photographer would like.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A Brandt's cormorant, a bird that dives underwater to feed on fish, flies above the Pacific Ocean.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great horned owl shows fierce yellow eyes in Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Four ducks are silhouetted against the sun, complete with a handful of sunspots, rising over the San Francisco Bay. This shot illustrates just how much reach you can get with a 600mm telephoto lens with a 1.4x extender.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A common murre gobbles a fish in the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A group of common murre fly above the Pacific Ocean.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great blue heron snatches breakfast out of San Francisco Bay estuary in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A brown pelican plunges bill-first into San Francisco Bay.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A red-tailed hawk looks for prey from a treetop perch in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A chestnut-sided warbler looks upward at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A barn swallow perches atop some concertina wire near the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A western gull wades through the Pacific Ocean waves at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black phoebe, a type of flycatcher, sings in the morning in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great egret flies over Magee Marsh in Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great egret catches a draft from a formation of American white pelicans headed out for a day's hunting on the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Magee Marsh is home to a few bald eagle nests. The eagles mostly prey on fish in nearby marshes or Lake Erie.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Common murre roost by the thousand on the Farallon Islands 32 miles west of San Francisco. It's not a sight you'll see on the mainland, where foxes, coyotes, cats, rats and other predators eat birds and eggs.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A western bluebird perches on a plant in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

American avocets wake up in the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A palm warbler perches in the sun at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A Nashville warbler looks for insects to eat in a tree at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

CNET's Stephen Shankland photographs birds on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: John Kim/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Big telephoto lenses help photograph birds such as this pigeon guillemot, but it's hard to frame them when the birds are flying fast, and the bigger the magnification, the harder the framing.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A magnolia warbler perches at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio's Biggest Week in American Birding event. Birders will recognize this as the species on the cover of the popular Sibley Guide to Birds.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A resting American avocet on the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black-throated green warbler perches in Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Canada geese are abundant in the US, but they like Magee Marsh, too. Here some goslings swim in the marsh's waters.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A western sandpiper pokes through the shallow water for food in the San Francisco Bay.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

Suburban birders might recognize the Cooper's hawk — especially since they often stalk smaller birds near birdfeeders.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

An American avocet comes in for a landing in the shallows of the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black-throated green warbler at Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
35
of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A tufted puffin takes off from the Pacific Ocean water near the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black-crowned night heron attacks prey in the shallows of San Francisco Bay at dawn in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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of 47

California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A killdeer with a distinctive red-ringed eye stands reflected in the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black and white warbler at Magee Marsh in Northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A white-crowned sparrow atop a fencepost in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

You don't need to be miles away from civilization to see birds. This song sparrow was singing vigorously in the middle of San Francisco.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great egret lurks motionlessly in some brush, waiting for fish or frogs to come near.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A black-throated blue warbler looks over its shoulder.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A great blue heron strides through Magee Marsh in northern Ohio.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A Caspian tern flies over the San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

A northern shoveler duck, so named because it shovels its bill through the muck to find food, waddles through low-tide mudflats of San Francisco Bay estuary in Palo Alto, California.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET
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California quail

American avocets at sunrise

Ruddy turnstone at Lake Erie

Hunting Forster's tern

Canon 600mm supertelephoto lens

Brandt's cormorant

Great horned owl at Point Reyes

Four ducks eight sunspots

Well-fed common murre

Common murre over Pacific

Great blue heron

Plunging brown pelican

Red-tailed hawk

Chestnut-sided warbler

Barn swallow on concertina wire

Wading western gull

Singing black phoebe

Flying great egret in Ohio

Freeloading great egret

Bald eagle

Thousands of common murre

Western bluebird at dawn

Waking American avocets

Palm warbler at Magee Marsh, Ohio

Nashville warbler

Birding in Oakland

Pigeon guillemot

Magnolia warbler

American avocet

Black-throated green warbler

Canada goose chicks

Western sandpiper

Cooper's hawk

American avocet at Palo Alto

Black-throated green warbler

Tufted puffin at takeoff

Attacking black-crowned night heron

Killdeer in San Francisco Bay

Black and white warbler

White-crowned sparrow in Point Reyes

Urban song sparrow

Great egret at Magee Marsh

Black-throated blue warbler

Great blue heron

Caspian tern

Northern shoveler in the muck

Stephen Shankland with supertelephoto lens

CNET reporter Stephen Shankland photographing birds on San Francisco Bay with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera, Canon EF 1.4x III teleconverter, Canon EF 600mm F4/L IS II lens, Gitzo tripod, and Wimberley WH200 tripod head.

Published: / Caption: / Photo: Levi Konrad-Shankland
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