Oct 312011
Coyote - In Broad Daylight

These videos are from group of observations made in a grassy field behind the Baylor Medical Center (previously the Trinity Medical Center) in Carrollton, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about Coyote behavior: Coyotes are capable of digging their own burrows, though they often prefer the burrows of groundhogs or American badgers. Their territorial ranges

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Oct 302011

There’s nothing particularly remarkable about this series of observations, except for how close this bird allowed me to approach for photographing. At my closest, I was able to get within about 6ft/2m of where the bird was standing. The heron never seemed to be bothered by my proximity, and patiently endured a picture taking session

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Oct 292011
American Wigeon - Basking in the Sun

Ducks are ducks, until you look closer. There are many different species of duck in living Texas, some of which are very exotic looking on closer inspection. These are American Wigeons. This observation was made at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton. There were three American Wigeons present at the time. Two males and one female.

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Oct 282011

This observation reminds me of a Bigfoot sighting; I only had a fleeting look at these Yellow-headed Blackbirds, my pictures are poor and out of focus, and I have never seen one of these birds since. Yellow-headed Blackbirds are only in North Texas for a few weeks during their fall and spring migrations. I observed

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Oct 262011

I came across this charming scene at Creekview High School in Carrollton. These birds are part of a larger congregation of European Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds that were foraging together on the school’s athletic fields. European Starlings seemed to find this puddle irresistible. The starlings would jump into the water from the curb, and then

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Oct 242011

This Red-tailed Hawk captured a Mourning Dove in our backyard, and carried his prey to the top of our fence to dine.   County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – July 31, 2004 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Residential-Single Family Type of Behavior

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Oct 232011
Journal - Camera Trapping

Dateline – October 23, 2011 Camera Trapping. I’ve been doing it for some time now, but I’ve only just recently become aware that it is called “Camera Trapping”, and that it is a rapidly growing hobby activity. What is Camera Trapping? Well, simply put, Camera Trapping is the use of an automatic, motion sensing camera

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Oct 212011

This is an exciting observation, because it is of an unusually large congregation of Eurasian Collared-doves. I estimate that there are close to 100 individuals present at this location. The birds were coming and going with regularity, so there may have been even more. Ordinarily, Eurasian Collared-doves are only seen in pairs. Before making this

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