September 2014 Pairs
Pairs refers to the birds I have seen and photographed together over last few years. Some are obvious couples–males and females. Others are more difficult to discern, as the sexes appear similar to one another in all seasons. And some are not mates, but just possibly family members.
COUPLES – A number of ducks provide easy pair identification, since the males and females often have different colors and markings, with the male usually being the more colorful of the two.
The following “look-a-likes” are obviously couples, though you probably wouldn’t know which was male or female if they weren’t in the act of mating.
ADULTS – Other birds appear to be paired-up, but usually you won’t know for sure if they are a “couple” without some indication of mate behavior.
FAMILY MEMBERS – These Brown pelicans might be thought to be a pair, but are adult and juvenile (all brown), possibly related. And the same is true for the White-crowned sparrows.
Finally, here are a pair of juvenile owls, most likely siblings.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist