Mar 172015
Fox Squirrel Oddities

March 10, 2015 – Carrollton, Texas I spotted this slightly unusual looking squirrel while I was on the way to work a few days ago. I think this is little guys is what is known as a piebald Fox Squirrel. He has areas of normal Fox Squirrel coloration offset by large patches of white or

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May 062014
Nutria - A Little Bit Different

Nutrias and Beavers can look superficially similar when they are observed swimming through the water. Because of this it can sometimes be hard to tell the two rodents apart at first glance. One of the first things I look for when trying to differentiate these rodents is the color of their snouts. Nutrias typically have

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Apr 292014
White-tailed Deer - Last Light

The shadows were getting long when I first spotted this female White-tailed Deer. Nightfall was less than an hour away, and this doe was getting an early start on her evening browsing. A White-tailed Deer’s camouflage is very effective under these kind of lighting conditions, as you can see in the photographs below. This doe

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Apr 232014
Raccoon - Should be Working for National Geographic

I enjoy camera trapping. I like setting a trail camera in a new spot and just letting it run for a couple of weeks. It can almost be like opening presents on Christmas morning when you see the pictures from a particularly productive set for the first time. But positive results are not always guaranteed.

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Apr 172014
Armadillo - Sam Houston Trails Park

I paid my first visit to Sam Houston Trails Park in Irving, Texas just a little over a month ago. This park is situated along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River near the intersection of President George Bush Expressway and I635. Its a very nice park, with a very nice trail system. From the

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Apr 162014
Black-tailed Prairie Dog - Lubbock

Today’s observation required a little trip outside the metroplex. My daughter and I recently made a trip out to Lubbock to take a tour of Texas Tech University, and as we reached the outskirts of the city we were pleased to find this little Prairie Dog town. This colony of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs was located

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Mar 272014
Raccoon - Relentless Rascals

I have been experimenting lately, attempting to develop some new camera trapping techniques that I can use to record images of some of our more surreptitious wildlife. So far the results have not been promising. The problem can be summed up in one word—Raccoons. These wily little creatures are always first on site when ever

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