Feb 132014
American Coot - Duck-like

American Coots are not ducks, although two kinds of birds are very similar in many ways. Though ducks and coots appear superficially similar to one another, American Coot are actually members of the family Rallidae, and are most closely related to rails, crakes, gallinules, and other coots. American Coots exploit the same types of habitats

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Feb 122014
Ruddy Duck - To Tell the Tale of the Tail

I photographed these Ruddy Ducks at White Rock Lake. A male and female where busy diving for food near the dam, while a larger congregation was visible a little further out on the lake. Ruddy Ducks are small ducks with a distinctive long, stiff-feathered tail. The male will develop a bright pastel blue bill during

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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 062013
Double-crested Cormorant - Bodies of Water

Double-crested Cormorants photographed in the shadow of downtown Dallas. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Nov 4, 2007 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Congregating Gender – Mixed Maturity – Mixed Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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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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Oct 122013
Red-eared Slider - White Rock Pond

Red-eared sliders of various ages basking in a pond near White Rock Lake. Wikipedia describes Red-eared Sliders in this way: The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle

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Oct 092013
Western Clouded Grasshopper - Camouflaged

This photograph of a Western Clouded Grasshopper comes to us courtesy of David Mimlitch. Note the insect’s remarkable and effective camouflage. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Oct 2, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Windy Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender

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Oct 052013
American Coot - WRL Spillway

American Coots congregating and doing various “coot” things near the White Rock Lake spillway. Wikipedia has this to say about American Coots: The American Coot (Fulica americana) (a.k.a. mud hen) is a bird of the family Rallidae. Though commonly mistaken to be ducks, American Coots belong to a distinct order. Unlike the webbed feet of

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