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Aviary

Appearing fleetingly on our visual margins and seemingly oblivious to our presence, they are the closest to the truly wild we may ever encounter. Yet for most of us, they are always present either by sight or earshot.

They are the birds, which combine wondrous aerodynamics with an astonishing diversity of color, form, feather, and function.  As a class, they are remarkable accomplishments of evolution and sheer survival -- the only scientifically verified descendents of dinosaurs. Yet they are necessarily light in weight to enable flight: the common American robin weighs in at just three ounces, the hummingbird less than a quarter of an ounce.  As an attentive bird observer for 40 years, I look on birds as unbidden gifts, allowing me an intriguing subject for photography. 

Snow Geese Rising. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Great Egret Alighting. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Black-chinned Hummingbird in Palo Verde Tree. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Pileated Woodpecker. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Snowy Egret. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird on Bee Balm. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Eastern Bluebird. Photograph by Dan Mangan
American Goldfinch. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Northern Cardinal, Female. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Wood Duck. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Field Sparrow on Eastern Redbud. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Great Egret in Tall Marsh Grass
Black Swan. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Brown Pelican in Flight. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Brown Pelican in Pastel Twilight, Gulf of Mexico. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Red Cardinal in Blue Snow. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Into the Winter Wind: Northern Cardinal. Photograph by Dan Mangan
White Pelicans in Repose. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Languid Noon: Double-Crested Cormorants. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Common Terns, Maryland Eastern Shore. Photograph by Dan Mangan
In the Marsh: Northern Shoveler Ducks. Photograph by Dan Mangan
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