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I had just about given up on the day and was walking back to the car on the dike along Padilla Bay, when I heard this fella squawk above me. Several of his kin had proven too skittish to let me close enough for a decent photo, but this one seemed determined to have his picture taken. He landed in a field about a hundred feet away, then strolled slowly to this ditch, where he turned to face the setting sun. He stayed here for 10 minutes or so, as I turned blue with cold in the wind, then strolled a little farther along. He stopped in another spot that was even closer, but by then the light had gone. Such moments so enrich life. Nikon D300, Nikkor ED 50-300mm f4.5, ISO 400

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Taken on January 30, 2011