Jun 162017
 
Videos - Nesting Birds

I have three videos of nesting birds to share, all filmed between April and early June. Purple Martins are North America’s largest Swallow and they arrive in North Texas in the Spring, to breed. One of our friends lives near Justin and Purple Martins have made use of her nest boxes and gourds for several

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Sep 122013
 
Anhinga - Bittern Marsh

This juvenile Anhinga was photographed at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) in the Bittern Marsh. Reportedly, Anhingas are rarely seen at LLELA, which makes it nice to get this one documented. Wikipedia has this to say about Anhingas: The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey, is a

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Aug 032013
 
Anhinga - Too Hot

This is an adult female Anhinga suffering from the heat of a mid-June Texas summer. She is panting hard in an attempt to cool off. Wikipedia has this to say about Anhingas: The Anhinga is placed in the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga melanogaster), African (A. rufa), and Australian (A.

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Jul 102013
 
Anhinga - Males in Breeding Plumage

These are male Anhingas overseeing their nesting sites at the UTSWMC rookery in Dallas, Texas. These birds are sporting their breeding plumage as indicated by the mohawk-like crests on the backs of their heads. Wikipedia has this to say about Anhingas: Anhinga species are found all over the world in warm shallow waters. The American

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Nov 142011
 
Journal - The Amazing UTSWMC Rookery

Dateline – July 2, 2008 I have recently discovered a real DFW Area gem that I would like to share with you. Nestled in a small wooded area on the campus of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC), just a few miles north of downtown Dallas, and smack in the middle of a

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