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Photos of the day: July 1-15, 2021

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader GalleriesOur selections from the first half of July 2021 included an amazing photo of a Red-shouldered Hawk, a rare sighting of Piping Plovers, a fantastic portrait of an Allen’s Hummingbird, and more!

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community.

Malayan Night-Heron by Ikfong

Malayan Night-Heron by  Ikfong

Malayan Night-Herons were very rare in Taiwan a few decades ago and often hid in dense bushes in the mountains. Birders would feel very lucky to get a photo opportunity.

The birds have quietly adapted to urban environments and became a common scene in many city parks and campuses. Ikfong submitted this photo, taken on a university campus, to our World Gallery.

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