Three herons preen in a sunny patch of shore near Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, July 11, 2019.

Snapshots: Birds

Over the years, birds have been some of my most frequent and enjoyable subjects. This collection shows a few of my favorite shots from a variety of occasions and locations.

A bird perches on a metal beam sicking out of Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, July 11, 2019.

A bird perches on a metal beam sicking out of Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, July 11, 2019.

A heron stands in a small lake in Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD on July 21, 2019. A heron stands in a different small lake, not far from the one shown in the previous image, in Wheaton Regional Park on Oct. 27, 2019.

Left:Top: A heron stands in a small lake in Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD on July 21, 2019.

Right:Bottom: A heron stands in a different small lake, not far from the one shown in the previous image, in Wheaton Regional Park on Oct. 27, 2019.

A small bird walks near the edge of the water at Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA, Dec. 27, 2019.

A small bird walks near the edge of the water at Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA, Dec. 27, 2019.

Several dozen birds perch on the exposed metal beams of a construction site in Washington, DC on Aug. 11, 2019.

Several dozen birds perch on the exposed metal beams of a construction site in Washington, DC on Aug. 11, 2019.

An owl perches on a branch in Manassas, VA, Nov. 5, 2017. An different owl perches on a branch in Manassas, VA, Nov. 5, 2017.

Left, Right:Top, Bottom: Owls perch on a branch in Manassas, VA, Nov. 5, 2017.

A spectacled owl crouches low on a branch, preparing to dive on potential prey near Manassas, VA, Nov. 5, 2017.

A spectacled owl crouches low on a branch, preparing to dive on potential prey in Manassas, VA, Nov. 5, 2017.