Aug 312012
 
Mississippi Kite - Wolf Springs Road

Earlier this summer I saw and photographed my first Mississippi Kite. Before that day I was never aware of having seen one. Now, I find that I am seeing them quite frequently, especially in certain landscapes. Its remarkable how things can change once you allow yourself to become open to a new possibility. Most of

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Aug 292012
 
White-tailed Deer - Poachers?

There is a pretty good population of White-tailed Deer living in the park land around Old Alton Bridge in Denton County. I have discovered an abundance of deer sign, in certain areas, on my occasional visits to the park this summer. Unfortunately, where there are deer there are almost certainly going to be poachers. And

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Aug 282012
 
Steel-blue Cricket Hunter - Pokemon

Your eyes are not fooling you. This wasp appears to be made of shiny blue metal. Looking more like a creature from the Pokemon franchise than your average wasp, this Steel-blue Cricket Hunter was observed carefully combing this pile of straw in search of prey. The wasp was relentless in her hunting, and she moved

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Aug 282012
 
Three-toed Box Turtle - Roaming

This Three-toed Box Turtle was observed near Old Alton Bridge in Denton County. He was making his way along one of the park’s soft surface trails when I found him. Wikipedia reports this about Three-toed Box turtles: From the west to the east of its range, the three-toed box turtle can be found from eastern

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Aug 272012
 
Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Backyard Family

These pictures were provided to us by Jeannie Smith of Irving, Texas. Jeannie has a family of Yellow-crowned Night Herons living in an elm tree in her backyard. The birds were first observed in mid-July. Both adult and juvenile herons have been seen. The juvenile birds are just now beginning to fly. The photographs below

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Aug 272012
 
Armadillo - Early Morning Forage

The relatively cool weather and threatening rain really brought out the small mammals this weekend. This is an Armadillo observed foraging in a pasture near Old Alton Bridge Park in Denton County. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Armadillos: The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), or the nine-banded, long-nosed armadillo, is a medium-sized mammal.

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Aug 262012
 
Queen - Similar

These pictures of a Queen butterfly were provided to us by David Mimlitch. David photographed this butterfly at Trammell Crow Park in Dallas, Texas. Queen butterflies are interesting because they are colored in a way that mimics the pattern on both Viceroys and Monarch Butterflies. Viceroys and Monarch Butterflies are probably the most well known

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Aug 262012
 
Viceroy - Mimicry

David Mimlitch has provided us with these pictures of a Viceroy butterfly. Viceroys are well known mimics of the Monarch Butterfly. The two butterfly species appear very similar in coloration and in pattern. For years it was thought that the Viceroy was benefiting from predator aversion to the bitter tasting Monarch Butterfly. This type of

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Aug 252012
 
White Ibis - Juvenile

These pictures come to us from David Mimlitch. This juvenile White Ibis was photographed at Trammell Crow Park in mid-August. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Aug 15, 2012 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Roaming

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