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Image of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) walking along a road in Orlando, Florida, US. Note the yellow feet and lores, notable features for the species.

Snowy Egret

Image by ‘MarshBunny’ on Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0 Physical: Snowy Egrets reaches 51-69 cm in size.  They are white with a

Image of a peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, flying in the sky.

Peregrine Falcon

Image by Juan Lacruz on Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Physical: The Peregrine Falcon has very distinct features that separates them from

Two adult American Oyster Catchers, Haematopus palliates, standing on a rock with one American Oyster Catcher chick between them.

American Oyster Catcher

[caption id="attachment_4772" align="aligncenter" width="657"] Image by Rhododendrites on Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0[/caption] Physical: Oyster Catchers reach from 43-53 cm in length. 


Common Merganser

Image by Richard Bartz from Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.5 Physical: The common merganser, a type of duck, can grow anywhere from

Image of a mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos, taking flight just above the water with droplets rolling off of its underside.


  Image by 'pheanix' on Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Physical: Females are a plain brown with a few white tail feathers


Common Loon

Image by Gary Irwin from Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 2.0 Physical: Common loons reach lengths from 70-90 cm.  Dorsally, they are


Laughing Gull

[caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="1023"] Image by Dick Daniels from theworldbirds.org,  CC BY-SA 3.0[/caption] Physical: L. atricilla is a medium-sized gull with a

Image of a hooded merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus, floating in the water.

Hooded Merganser

Image by 'Peterwchen' on Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0 Physical: The Hooded Merganser is a small diving duck with a long pointed


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