Jan 212014
 
American Kestrel - Hover

I spotted this female American Kestrel perched on a parking lot lamp just next to a large open field. This short grass field was surrounded by utility lines and other lampposts—just the kind of habitat kestrels on the hunt prefer. The utility lines and such give the kestrels plenty of places where they can survey

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Dec 042013
 
American Kestrel - Together Again

American Kestrels are some of my favorite birds, and it was with a good deal of joy that I able to watch this mated pair hunt and congregate together on a November afternoon. The American Kestrel is our smallest falcon—roughly the size of a Mourning Dove. The bird exhibits a bit of sexual dimorphism in

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Dec 042013
 
Neotropic Cormorant - Double Dipping

One thing that makes Neotropic Cormorants interesting to me is that they are not supposed to be here. According to most all range maps I have seen the northern limits of their range should terminate somewhere in far south Texas. But I see them in the Dallas/Fort Worth area quite frequently—or at least I think

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Nov 062013
 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Bounty

I found these Scissor-tailed Flycatchers perched on a utility line overlooking a small wetland area. The air above the various ponds was abuzz with dragonflies and the scissor-tails were taking full advantage of the situation. Swooping down off of the wire, the Scissor-tail Flycatchers could be seen nabbing dragonflies—sometimes right out of the air. Once

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Sep 222013
 
Cooper's Hawk - Fenced

This is a sleek adult male Cooper’s Hawk. He perched atop a typical suburban fence with a recently captured Mourning Dove held in his talons. Observations Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Sep 19, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Residential-Single Family

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Sep 032013
 
Cooper's Hawk - Drowning Victim

A frantic screech and squawk caught my attention one afternoon while I was filling my car with gas. A quick look around revealed this large female Cooper’s Hawk on the ground in a grocery store parking lot. I quickly grabbed my camera and started shooting pictures even though it was still unclear exactly what was

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