Feb 012017
 
Winter Wildlife Videos

Winter brings a wide variety of wildlife to this area and it is my favorite time of year to be outside. I filmed a lot of wildlife (over 70 species) between mid November and late January and I have five videos to share. These were shot at different locations and are compilations of short clips

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Jan 022017
 
The Story of Pale Male

Do you know the remarkable tale of Pale Male, the Manhattan Red-tailed Hawk? If not, then this definitely a story you need to hear. I first discovered Pale Male sometime around 2005 when my kids and I watched an episode of PBS Nature about this very special bird. I have been fascinated with him ever

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Dec 262016
 
Freezing Day Hike

Last weekend, a cold front came through our area. One minute I was sitting outside in a short-sleeved t-shirt enjoying a sunny December afternoon, and the next, a frigid breeze was blowing through. My son and I had been watching a tailed orange butterfly; the butterfly disappeared. By that evening the heater was on and

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Dec 052016
 
Dear Critters

I have a request to make of all critters out there: Please, I beg you, stand still when I am trying to locate you with my binoculars to identify you or when I am trying to get a picture of you! Stop hiding behind trees and in the brush! Don’t run away from me! I know you

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Nov 142016
 
And Now for Something a Wee Bit Different . . . Scotland, October 2016, A Wildlife Diary.

  “My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.”   Robert Burns  (1759 – 1796), national poet of Scotland. My wife Shannon is a Texas native and I was born

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Nov 072016
 
The Case Against Bird Boxes

I may need to tread lightly here. I expect this could be a touchy subject, but I believe something needs to be said. Maybe there will be counterpoints, or maybe there will be a general agreement. Maybe I will change your mind, or maybe you will change mine. Who knows? There’s really only one way

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Oct 242016
 
Phone Photography

When I’m not working at my real job (the one where I get paid) or volunteering in the band concession stand, or chauffeuring adolescents to activities, my favorite activity is wandering around the nature preserve and taking pictures with my iPhone. I have many reasons why I use my iPhone instead of a “real camera”.

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Oct 102016
 
How Photography Changed My Viewpoint of Wildlife

I have always loved animals. It was all about stuffed animals, never dolls. I loved going to the zoo and watching documentaries. My house is animal themed. No person comes in my home without stating, “Wow, you really love animals don’t you?” But what I have learned in the last year is that loving animals

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Sep 262016
 
A Summer of Extraordinary Urban Wildlife - 2016

What an amazing summer it has been! I have been pursuing Wildlife photography for over ten years now, and I am still making new and exciting discoveries. What a wonderful hobby this is! This summer has been special with sights and sounds like few others. The long hard drought of 2012 through 2014 is now

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Aug 082016
 
Carrollton Cooper's Hawks

In North Texas when a developer decides to put in a new subdivision it is usually the bulldozers that lead the way. In my neighborhood, though, there is one small portion of property that was spared the usual onslaught. A one acre park still retaining its original woods. Mature hackberry and pecan trees crowd this

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Jul 252016
 
Nocturnal Biodiversity – Come and Celebrate This Week!

Guest blog entry by Sam Kieschnick, TPWD Urban Biologist for the DFW Area “Thus hath the candle, singed the moth” ~Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice This week is the 6th annual National Moth Week, and to celebrate, there are a few events planned around the DFW metroplex. On Wednesday, July 27, at 8:00 pm at

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