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Photos of the day: October 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 below from the first half of October 2021 include photos of Eastern Bluebirds, a close-up of a Gila Woodpecker, a dramatic group shot of Boat-tailed Grackles, and more!

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

Cattle Egret by Edwin Bowe

Cattle Egret by Edwin Bowe
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A Cattle Egret at St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida shows its breeding plumage. The crest, breast, and back become buff-colored while the legs and bill transition from yellow to a shade of orange.

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