Apr 042014
Greater White-fronted Goose – Over JBS

These Greater White-fronted Geese were observed as they flew over the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. These birds are not often seen in the more urban areas of the metroplex. A trip to the rural fringes is required to find them in large numbers. The birds in this flock were last seen

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Feb 262014
Crested Caracara - Introductions

Historically, Crested Caracaras have been relegated to southern portions of the state, and as such they were thought to be rare visitors to north central Texas. But over the last several years there seems to have been an increase in the number of sightings in and around the metroplex. This bird has been on my

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Dec 202013
Blue-winged Teal - Skyful

The sky was full of Blue-winged Teal this past October. Flock after flock flew over our position on this late afternoon. Some groups contained dozens of teal. A closer look at some of the photographs taken that evening show that the Blue-winged Teal were sometimes joined by ducks of other species as well. Gadwalls and

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Dec 182013
Greater White-fronted Goose - Flyby

Sometimes there is only the time and opportunity for a quick, “documentary” type photograph. That was the case when these high flying geese appeared over head one evening in October. Their honking drew my attention, but I could tell right away that they were not—our very common—Canada Geese. These were clearly something else. But they

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Oct 022013
Mississippi Kite - Kettles

Mississippi Kites are some of my favorite birds. The uniform slate gray coloration and sleek form of the adult reminds me of a jet fighter plane. Their acrobatic flying skills hone the analogy. Mississippi Kites are birds of prey, but they hunt mostly insects. On several occasions I witnessed a kite dive out of the

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Sep 072013
Black-necked Stilt - In Flight

A Black-necked Stilt in flight over a small lake in Hutchins, Texas. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Jul 27, 2013 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Flying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer

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