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A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) stands in a shallow area along the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country. Normally though of as coasta birds, Herons are commonly seen far inland in the Texas Hill Country along lakes and rivers. The demand for the feathers of snowy egrets, white ibises, and great blue herons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries made these birds a target. By 1886, more than 5 million birds were being massacred yearly to satisfy the North American millinery trade.
A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) stands in a shallow lake reflected in the early morning light.
Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus) in La Jolla Bay - La Jolla, California.