With a powerful zoom lens it's tempting to just get as tight a shot as possible when you encounter animals in the wild, especially as you can give them the respect and distance they deserve. And to some extent that's been fun to experiment with this week at Point Reyes and Corte Madera Marsh State Marine Park. But I've found that zooming out a little and showing them in context is more interesting. You can see how perfectly adapted they are for their surroundings and suddenly the importance of the whole ecosystem makes sense. In these four shots each bird (a northern harrier, a yellow-rumped warbler, a snowy egret, and a red-tailed hawk) is so vastly different from the last, but they all have specialist skills to survive in close proximity. That blows my mind.