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Reader photo: The golden light of the setting sun illuminates a waterbird spectacle

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Brown Pelicans, Heermann’s Gulls, and Western Gulls, Santa Cruz, California, November 10, 2013, 4:54 p.m. by Rainey Shuler

The Santa Cruz Harbor is a man-made inlet on Monterey Bay on the coast of central California. A 60-foot-tall lighthouse stands at the entrance.

Rainey Shuler
Rainey Shuler

Each evening last fall, hundreds of Brown Pelicans, gulls, and other birds flew in to feed on anchovies, and Rainey Shuler photographed the spectacle. She stopped often after work and, over the course of a month, shot at least 4,000 photos.

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