May 092014
Great-tailed Grackle - Soggy Bread

These opportunistic Great-tailed Grackles were observed as they helped themselves to some soggy pieces of bread left behind by duck feeding park patrons. In the pictures below the big black male grackles are contrasted nicely with the smaller, duller colored females. On occasion, the males would take time off from eating strike poses that were

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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 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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Feb 282014
Black Vulture - Raccoon Roadkill

There is a dark side to nature that involves death and dying. Mostly it goes unseen by the causal observer, but on occasion it is revealed in all of its gruesomeness. In the following photographs we have a roadkill Raccoon, that either survived its injuries long enough to drag itself off of the pavement, or

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Feb 192014
White-tailed Deer - Osage Orange Eaters?

One thing that was established beyond a shadow of a doubt with this trail camera survey is that White-tailed Deer have a certain affinity for Bois d’Arc trees. When I set my cameras for this project I never expected that deer would be the most frequently photographed animals over the course of the survey. They

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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 052014
Gadwall - Dabbling

These attractive little ducks are known as Gadwalls. Male and female Gadwalls are present in the congregation and are easy to tell from one another because the females have orange on their bills whereas the male’s bill is uniformly black. The male Gadwalls in these pictures are displaying various stages of breeding plumage development. Some

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Feb 042014
Northern Shoveler - What's Going on Here

These Northern Shovelers where photographed in our neighborhood Beaver pond. This observation is of note because of the other ducks on the pond with the shovelers. Congregating with the Northern Shovelers was a small group of male and female Gadwalls. This was an interesting situation to me because I had recently read an account of

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