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.

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

Redhead

Redhead

Canvasback

Canvasback

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

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.

Least Tern

Least Tern

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

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.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Dunlin

Dunlin

Sanderling

Sanderling

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Monk Parakeet

Monk Parakeet

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.

Brown Pelicans (Juvenile & Adult)

Brown Pelicans (Juvenile & Adult)

White-crowned Sparrows (Adult & Juveniles)

White-crowned Sparrows (Adult & Juveniles)

Finally, here are a pair of juvenile owls, most likely siblings.

Great Horned Owls (Juveniles)

Great Horned Owls (Juveniles)

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

 

 

 

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