Jan 312013
 
Journal - White-tailed Deer in Austin, Texas

Dateline – January 26, 2013 On a recent trip to Austin, Texas I took the opportunity to investigate some of the reports I had been receiving about White-tailed Deer living within the city limits. It seems that there are a lot of White-tailed Deer making a home in and around Austin proper. The deer originate

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Jan 302013
 
Red-tailed Hawk - Greenbelt

A Red-tailed Hawk photographed while making its way through a Carrollton greenbelt park. Observation Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Dec 23, 2012 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris

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Jan 292013
 
Forster's Tern - Old Photos

I was looking through some old photographs, and I found that I had recorded images of a trio of birds that I did not notice at the time. These are Forster’s Terns in their winter plumage congregating with a Double-crested Cormorant. The pictures were taken at White Rock Lake from Winfrey Point looking north towards

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Jan 282013
 
American Coot - Dinner Bell

Somebody rang the dinner bell at White Rock Lake, and the American Coots came running. Breadcrumbs tossed into the waters of Sunset Bay attracted scores of these wild birds. Jockeying for the best position, the American Coots in this congregation momentarily dropped their natural wariness of people in order to join in on the feast.

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Jan 272013
 
Red-eared Slider - Winter Basking

Red-eared Sliders in a suburban Carrollton Beaver pond. Wikipedia describes Red-eared Sliders in the following way: The shell is divided into two sections: the upper or dorsal carapace and the lower, ventral carapace or plastron. The upper carapace consists of the vertebral scutes, which form the central, elevated portion, pleural scutes that are located around

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Jan 262013
 
Double-crested Cormorant - Hidden Cove

Double-crested Cormorants at Hidden Cove Park on Lewisville Lake in The Colony, Texas. Observation Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Dec 30, 2012 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Cold (less than 50°F/10°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Congregating Gender – Mixed Maturity – Mixed

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Jan 252013
 
Gadwall - Skyfall

Ducks are made for swimming. They are not graceful flyers, and they are even worse landers. These Gadwalls were photographed as they made their approach to our neighborhood Beaver pond. The group circled the water several times, as if they were trying to work up the nerve to attempt a landing. One by one the

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Jan 242013
 
Dark-eyed Junco - Seed Eaters

These Dark-eyed Juncos were foraging for seeds under a backyard bird-feeder. Observation Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Jan 1, 2013 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Cold (less than 50°F/10°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Residential – Single Family Type of Behavior – Feeding Gender – Mixed Maturity – Adult

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Jan 212013
 
Red-tailed Hawk - Mouse Hunter

This Red-tailed Hawk—photographeded at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas—was extremely tolerant of observation. As he moved along the east side of the lake, he attracted a larger and large entourage of photographers and other interested onlookers. At one point he had at least five super-telephoto camera lenses pointed in his direction. The hawk continued

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