Evolutionarily derived from dinosaurs, birds are in the class Aves. They have feathers, nearly hollow bones, and no teeth to support a life spent in the air. Birds are incredibly intelligent and diverse, and are some of my favorite subjects.
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius); Pinnacles National Park, San Benito County, CA
Yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata); Santa Cruz, CA
Varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius); Boulder Creek, CA
Gadwall (Mareca strepera); Merced National Wildlife Refuge, CA
Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani); Corcoran Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Snowy egret (Egretta thula); Corcoran Lagoon, Santa Cruz, CA