Each adapted to its ecological niche. Eons of evolution, but no matter how different they are, you can always recognize a bird as a bird. They are so perfect, that even though some can swim under water long distances and some cannot fly, they are always wrought in the image of Bird. Mammals, with our much shorter tenure on earth, have diverged more: Who can blame naive people for thinking a whale is a big fish?
CCorax- I love what you wrote about these bird photos. How different each of these birds look, and yet each looks like a bird. I never thought about how different mammals look from each other. A whale, a giraffe, a human, a bat. Wow! Thank you for this comment. It made my day.
You always have such a willing variety of bird posers, each one with its own niche in nature.
Arkansas Patti-- They do pose in such wonderful ways. I always thank them!
Beautiful birds! You live in a gorgeous place with so many lovely birds! :)
sonia-- We do see such beautiful birds, more than I can photograph. It's truly wonderful.
A smorgasbord of birds! Love the photos!!
Dave-- Thank you! Glad you like these photos.
I know this is "wordless," but do you know what kind of hawk that is in the first image? (Are you just hiding behind the "wordless" so you don't have to try to identify the hawk?)
Scott- Haha! It's a Red-shouldered hawk. We see them all the time out there.
Three different kinds of bird, all in their own little world. Of course the hawk is always looking for something.
Pat-- There is a lot of bird watching here on the north coast. So much to see!