Recently, a blogging friend of mine named Stella posted a wonderful series of a parakeet in the branches of a tree devouring its meal (Light Color Shade, posted March 27th), which I thought was particularly wonderful. And it got me thinking that birds are so incredibly photogenic, but very hard to capture. You'll find that you have to take a bunch of pictures to get a few that are really good, and worth saving. Pictures #1 and #2 are from my second Alaska trip, and are just ordinary seagulls, caught in some rather extraordinary circumstances. Picture #3 is from our pond, and shows on of the many visiting herons that we have here. And pictures 4 - 9 are all from Costa Rica, and extra credit to those that can identify the birds (hint, I misidentified several of them in my previous post 2 years ago).