Mar 102017
 
Video - John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is part of the East Fork Wetland Project, in the Trinity River basin near Seagoville. The late John Bunker Sands recognized the importance of wetlands to the total environment and began restoring and developing man-made wetlands in 1980. Bunker’s primary concern in the creation of the wetlands was the health

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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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Mar 202016
 
The Elm Fork of the Trinity River - Surging through Lewisville

We are still dealing with the side effects of last spring’s heavy rain and flooding. Until just recently the spillway at Lewisville Lake has been wide open and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River has been full and flowing faster than it has in years. It’s quite a sight to see. The Trinity in

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Jan 312016
 
Experiencing Coppell Nature Park

Over the last couple of decades many of our local municipalities have embraced the concept of establishing small nature parks and preserves on some of our more undisturbed public lands. Its a positive trend, I think. These parks are like landscaping for our cities and towns. They make our neighborhoods and communities more attractive places,

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Feb 172015
 
In Search of the White Rock Lake Bald Eagle

Last year, around mid-September, I began to pickup on chatter about Bald Eagle sightings at White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. White Rock Lake is only a few miles from the downtown Dallas, and is about as urban as any lake in the area. The lake itself is ringed by narrow strip of parkland, but

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Nov 062014
 
John Bunker Sands - Eagles and Swallows

October 19, 2014 – Seagoville, Texas I recently accepted an invitation to spend a few evening hours with friends out at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. This time of year, Barn Swallows by the thousands will marshal over the wetland cells to feed before going to roost for the night. If

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Feb 172014
 
Journal - Checking Trail Cameras

Dateline – November 27, 2013 This past fall I was running a number of trail camera projects concurrently. Trail cameras, for those who don’t know, are small battery powered units equipped with motion detectors and infrared lights for nighttime photography. Hunters use them to scout out likely areas and to become more familiar with a

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Jan 242014
 
American White Pelican - Winter at White Rock

White Rock Lake and American White Pelicans go together. The big white birds are a fixture on the lake throughout the winter months. They are especially common at Sunset Bay where these pictures were taken. Gathering by the scores, these pelicans seem at first glance to be strangely out of place in this urban fresh

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Nov 042013
 
American White Pelican - Fall Migration

While walking through woods near Lewsiville Lake I spotted this large flock of migrating American White Pelicans heading south. Photographs were taken through openings in the tree canopy as I followed the birds as long as I could. These big white birds can travel at significant speed. They can move from horizon to horizon in

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Nov 012013
 
American White Pelicans - Metropolitan

American White Pelican living a metropolitan life near downtown Dallas. Wikipedia has this to say about American White Pelicans: The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a large aquatic bird from the order Pelecaniformes. It breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in

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Aug 162013
 
American White Pelican - Nonmigratory

This is a sizable congregation of nonmigratory American White Pelicans photographed at Lake Lewisville. While I watched the initial group was joined by around a dozen additional pelicans flying in from the west. Wikipedia has this to say about American White Pelicans: The German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin described the American White Pelican in 1789.

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