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Between the coastal waters, the River Liffey and all the various bodies of water to be found in green places like St. Stephen’s Green, birds are to be found everywhere, and most wonderfully so … though local folks do mention that there may be a problem with seagulls in the city. I recognized a few … the mallards, the herons, the gulls, the swans, and the lovely, loud magpies.

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The most surprising capture was walking the trails of the University College Dublin-Belfield campus, getting lost, crossing a bridge, peering through some branches at a stream below and seeing this …

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Detail from The Startled Bird (1961) by painter Norah McGuinness on view in Dublin at the National Gallery of Ireland. Many beautiful works in the building but the colors and textures of this painting especially caught my eyes.

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He stood so still I nearly missed him.

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It’s going to take a while to download all of the pictures I took this past weekend in Maine. Until then, I’ll share the image of this little fellow watching me from his rocky perch in Acadia.

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and eyes and feathers and … just all around beautiful.

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I think these are young mallards because in the right light the heads of some shone faint green. These were lined up on a log in the expansive campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland.

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Just sunbathing and cleaning I suppose but this fellow certainly gave me a look of “turn your camera elsewhere.”

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A young wood thrush perhaps? Its orange chest was speckled black. I startled it a bit as I walked by on the sidewalk. No flapping of wings. It just walked deeper into the brush along the Mystic.

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