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Yesterday afternoon I photographed a new species for me, the Red Crossbill, near the Edmonds Marsh. A flock of the birds was in an evergreen tree near the entrance on the North side of the Marsh. I was surprised how close the birds let me get to the tree that they were in, and that along with a 400mm telephoto lens resulted in some good closeups of the birds!
The crossed mandibles of these birds’ beaks are especially interesting. According to the Audubon guide this results in beaks that are specialized for opening pine cones, which as you can see in the top photo is exactly what these birds were doing when photographed.
Photographs taken with Nikon D7000 and Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens.