Basic Guidelines: In the strictest sense, nature photography should not include "hand of man elements". Please refrain from images with buildings or human made structures like roads, fences, walls. Pets are not permitted. Captive subjects in zoos, arboretums, or aquariums are permitted, but must be declared, and must focus on the subject, not the captivity. Images with obvious human made elements will likely be deleted from the thread, with an explanation to the photographer. Guidelines are based on PSA rules governing Nature photography which also cover the Nature Forum. Keep your image at/under 1000 pixels on the long axis for in-line viewing. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site at Flicker, Photobucket, your own site, etc. Each member please post no more than just one image to this weekly thread per week. If the information is available, many members appreciate information on your approach to making the image and the names, both common and scientific, of the subject(s). However, while encouraged, these are not required as a component of your contributions. Things are picking up at the Bear River MBR, with more American White Pelicans, ducks and gulls of various flavors, Ibis, and Clark's and Western Grebes making their spring appearance, including these American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana). BTW: I've been wrestling with whether to adopt "title case" (capitalization) for common bird names, or "sentence case", as I've seen common names rendered in both ways in various locations. After doing some research I've determined to adopt title case, as has been adopted by many respected ornithological publications and organizations, and to ignore Wikipedia's use of the sentence case. Note that this is applicable to birds only, with mammals, Reptilia, fish, and insects being relegated to a lesser status in which their common names remain, as a default, written in lower case. Each poster is welcome to make their own determination in this regard, but I encourage the use of naming formats as adopted by recognized authorities (of which I do not count Wikipedia as being). Note that it is appropriate to use sentence case when identifying a non-specific species, as in "gulls" versus "California Gull".